iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor has already been hacked

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The new iPhone 5s was met with plenty of positive reaction and excitement, but one of the top features — the fingerprint security scanner — already has a bug that could present some issues. Unfortunately for Apple, the fingerprint sensor has already been hacked.

From the Chaos Computer Club:

First, the fingerprint of the enrolled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution. The resulting image is then cleaned up, inverted and laser printed with 1200 dpi onto transparent sheet with a thick toner setting. Finally, pink latex milk or white woodglue is smeared into the pattern created by the toner onto the transparent sheet. After it cures, the thin latex sheet is lifted from the sheet, breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone.

For a feature that was supposed to enhance your phone’s security, this is obviously not what Apple wanted to see.

Developers will likely look to find a way to stop the hack from becoming a much wider problem with a software update, but it could take some time until all of the issues are resolved.

If you want to see a video of the Chaos Computer Club showing off the hack, check it out below:

[H/T: Buzzfeed]

Topics: Apple, IPhone 5s

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  • http://virtualnex.us/ SpartacusRex

    Yeah, 2400 dpi pictures of my fingers are everywhere a thief goes.

    • Kevkev2712

      Doesn’t you’re phone have your fingerprints on them.. it doesnt need you’re entire finger

  • http://www.gadgetplug.com/ Michael Joseph

    Use the pin number on phone to lock it. This will ensure that someone who takes our phone can’t easily access to the personal data held on it or code it in such a way that mobile doesn’t work completely… Thanks for sharing…. GadgetPlug.com

  • rmgt008

    “First, the fingerprint of the enrolled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution. The resulting image is then cleaned up, inverted and laser printed with 1200 dpi onto transparent sheet with a thick toner setting. Finally, pink latex milk or white woodglue is smeared into the pattern created by the toner onto the transparent sheet. After it cures, the thin latex sheet is lifted from the sheet, breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone.”

    Oh boy. I know the streets of my city are filled with thieves capable of pulling this off!

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