Very possible hack for the iPhone 5 fingerprint scanner

A group of hackers, called the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), from Germany, have discovered a potential hack for breaking through Apple’s new fingerprint technology, Touch ID featured on the iPhone 5S.

Starbug, one of the Chaos Computer Club members, said,

“In reality, Apple’s sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far, so we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake.”

All they have to do is take a very high-resolution photograph of the users fingerprint and then make a physical copy of it. This could be a very big hit for Apple, who claimed that the system was fully secure, as they only released the software 5 days ago. Here is Starbug’s video showing what he has achieved.

iOS 7 was released 18th September 2013 and contains features such as the fingerprint scanner and AirDrop, a WiFi sharing service.



Senator Al Franken, chairman of the influential Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, has written to Apple boss Tim Cook explaining his security concerns. The following questions have been asked with an expected response time of one month:

  • whether the fingerprint data stored locally on the mobile phone chip in encrypted form could ever be stolen and converted into digital or visual form that would be usable by hackers or fraudsters
  • whether the iPhone 5S transmits any diagnostic information about the Touch ID system back to Apple or any third parties
  • how well customer fingerprint data will be protected and kept private
  • the exact legal status of such fingerprint data.

But to be honest, if fingerprints can be stolen from the new iPhone, by the time anything happens to stop it, it will be too late.


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