Well, 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."