Apple's Touch ID Gets Hacked

By: Amber Newby | September 25, 2013 (Edited July 7, 2017)

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Whenever Apple comes out with a new product, it seems like thousands of people rush to the nearest store and patiently wait in lines to buy the most up-to-date release. It was no different when Apple recently released their iPhone 5s complete with Touch ID, which is a new security feature intended to protect others from accessing information on your phone. However, the excitement surrounding Touch ID was short lived.

On Sunday, a video was released by Chaos Computer Club exposing the Touch ID feature. The Chaos Computer Club, based in Germany, showed how they were able to get around the new Apple security and posted their new found secret online.

These hackers found that if they snapped a high-resolution photo of a person's fingerprint and then invert the image, they could then print the picture on a clear sheet. They then used either a pink latex milk or wood glue to pour on the print. After the milk/glue dried, the hackers were able to pull a layer of latex that was used in place of the actual fingerprint.

It is not necessarily a surprise that the Apple iPhone 5s Touch ID was hacked. There were rewards being offered in the "race" to crack the fingerprinting security feature. What is alarming, though, is the growing number of hackers turning their attention to infiltrating cell phones. With the number of cell phone apps continuously increasing, there are more opportunities for people to save personal information in their smart phone.

It's not just computers that are getting hacked, which poses the argument that mobile protection is almost as crucial as computer protection. With more and more people converting to smart phones and storing personal information on their mobile devices, people need to be aware of the risk posed by hackers who specialize in breaking into smart phones.

"People need to be aware that their personal information, even their identity, is at risk if they are not protecting their smart phones," Dan Porter, Director of Reviews, said. "The example of the Apple iPhone 5s just goes to show that there are people, and groups, out there that are figuring out ways to hack cell phones."

More and more computer protection companies are offering services that allow for mobile protection as the risk of being hacked continues to increase. Smart phone users should be aware of the potential risks they are taking by importing personal data and not protecting their mobile device.


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