The fingerprint recognition feature of the brand new Apple iPhone 5S has already been cracked by hackers in Germany.
Apple have stated that Touch ID is designed to be used as a more convenient way to unlock your device, but for anything requiring further security, you will still have to enter your passcode. According to Apple, there is a 1/50000 chance of two separate fingerprints being alike.
Despite Apple never claiming the technology to be ‘un-hackable’, a German company, SRLabs, have taken the time within a day of release, to proudly announce that they managed to hack the fingerprint recognition feature.
For anyone wishing to try this out for themselves, according to the SRLabs, all you need to do is take a photograph of the fingerprint with 2400 dpi resolution. You then need to clean up the image, invert it, max the contrast, and laser print it onto a transparent sheet with 1200 dpi, making sure it prints with a thick toner setting. Then, you need to get your hands on some ‘pink latex milk’ (of course, most people will have a tub of this at home somewhere…) and paste this over the now dried print of the fingerprint. After it has cured, you carefully peel the pink latex away. You now have a pink ‘replica’ of someone’s fingerprint. All you then need to do is to breathe onto it to moisten and warm it up, and press the finger print to the sensor. And voila! As if by magic, you now have access into the device.
Whilst I am being facetious, it is difficult to be shocked or aghast that anyone who goes to this length has managed to ‘hack’ this particular function on the new iPhone. The fingerprint recognition facility is a gimmicky way to quickly and easily access your phone. It probably is not suitable for MI5…