iPhone 5S Touch ID fooled by fake fingerprint

iPhone 5S Touch ID fooled by fake fingerprintWell, this was inevitable, and all the more so considering the crowd-funded $10,000 prize.

A team of nerds at the Chaos Computer Club has managed to fool the brand new iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint scanner using “materials that can be found in almost every household” – despite claims that you’d pretty much need, like, the actual finger.

First off, the guys take a photograph of the fingerprint at 2400 DPI, before inverting the image and printing it onto a transparent sheet with a thick toner setting at 1200 DPI.

For the next step, the chaotic chaps say pink latex milk or white woodglue will do, and essentially your chosen substance is left to cure in the gaps before being peeled off.

Finally, in order to emulate the sweatiness of your average human, simply breath on the fake print. Job done!

"We hope that this finally puts to rest the illusions people have about fingerprint biometrics. It is plain stupid to use something that you can't change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token," cries Frank Rieger, spokesperson for the Chaos Computer Club.

"The public should no longer be fooled by the biometrics industry with false security claims. Biometrics is fundamentally a technology designed for oppression and control, not for securing everyday device access."

via: CCC

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 23, 2013 at 12:45

Yes, all my colleagues who keep taking high res pics of my prints and, conveniently have a 3D printer in their locker can now see my private instagram foodp*rn

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 23, 2013 at 12:50

Seriously... Yes, with the same trick you can enter the broom closet in the Pentagon.
Big big news.
If you work in a high security environment, don't use a smartphone.

Stelph  Sep. 23, 2013 at 12:53

Exactly, im not surprised it can be fooled in this way TBH, after all TouchID is essentially just a high detail scanner of the fingerprint.

The amount of effort involved shows that really for 99.999999999999999 etc % of the population there is no security risk, its ony for people in high security jobs who people might actually bother to do this to, and those people should know better than just use fingerprints anyway....



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