Has Apple’s Fingerprint Scanner Been Hacked?
Has Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner already been hacked? A team of hackers in Germany called the Chaos Computer Club claim that they have successfully circumvented Apple’s biometric authentication system “using easy everyday means” and have posted a video that purports to demonstrate the hack.
The hacker group explained their method for bypassing the Touch ID on their blog. First they took a high-resolution photograph of an authorized user’s fingerprint. After the image was cleaned up and inverted, it was printed on a transparent sheet with heavy toner.
Next, the printed image was covered with “pink latex milk or white wood glue.” After the material cured, the hackers moistened the latex sheet with their breath and placed it on the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The group noted that, “This process has been used with minor refinements and variations against the vast majority of fingerprint sensors on the market.”