Security Firm Lookout is worried. Very worried.

Guess who does not like Apple's new gizmo, the fingerprint scanner?


Mobile security firm Lookout sell, um, mobile security services and apps - for Android, Symbian etc etc...
Now Lookout chief researcher Marc Rogers is concerned. Very concerned:

“Thieves in some regions have worked out that you can force a victim to unlock a secured device, and in some extreme cases have also mutilated victims in order to steal their fingerprint,”

Scary stuff - blood everywhere. And all because people fall for Apple's iPhone 5S rather than trust in the security industry's pay as you go assurances.

dire stuff

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barrybarryk  Sep. 12, 2013 at 16:43

lol yeah it is pretty nonsensical. It's not like being able to force someone to put their finger on a phone is much simpler than saying "unlock this or I'll kill you". Not that anyone needs physical access to compromise a mobile in the first place. Hands up anyone that leaves bluetooth on or has their phone set to automatically connect to a WiFi network if it's in range.

And that's ignoring the reality that the GSM standard forces the phone to connect to the nearest "valid" GSM signal source anyway, with all the security at the discretion of the tower not the handset.


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