Hacking TouchID on iPhone 5S Demonstration


Corporate Video Production Toronto Joseph MorrisApple claims that their iPhone 5S Fingerprint Secured is a “convenient” and “secure” way to protect your personal information. The former may be true, but the latter? Not so much.

By using a camera, wood glue and a laser printer, your phone can be hacked. Hackers can simply take a photo of your fingerprint, scan it and trace, then replicate it using a mould from a 3D printer. Wood glue is added to the mould and voila: your fingerprint has a doppleganger.

Chaos Computer Club demonstrated this on a YouTube video: “A fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, was enough to create a fake finger that could unlock an iPhone 5s secured with TouchID.”

Apparently this isn’t news, as it can be done with any fingerprint scanner. Albeit this is news to Apple, since their advertising is a little misleading: “Your fingerprint is one of the best passcodes in the world. It’s always with you, and no two are exactly alike…┬áTouch ID uses all of this to provide an accurate match and a very high level of security.”

Nonetheless, I highly doubt your fingerprint is that important that someone will go through the trouble to make a 3D print of it. But if you think Apple’s TouchID will protect all of your personal information on your phone, think again.


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