iPhone 5S Fingerprint Scan Hacked Already

CaNews Podcast

Last week on The CaNews Podcast, Brad brought up the fingerprint biometric system for the new iPhone and it began quite the discussion. Half of us thought the system could be easily hacked, and the other was wrong.

Recently, after eye-rolling from the international hacker community about the safety of biometric identification, an international group of donors offered a prize for anyone able to hack the iPhone tech. A group in Germany did within days. The Chaos Computer Club defeated the scanner with some basic “cut, copy, paste” techniques.

I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, they took a fingerprint off something and scanned it”, and let me tell you… you’re pretty much right.

The group literally took a high resolution photo of a fingerprint (left on an iPhone, the very device to be hacked) at 2400dpi. To trick the scanner, they used a thicker ink (raising the print…

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