Well, it didn't take long for all of those challenges out there to finally be met by the global hacking community. The world has been watching since Apple's own fingerprint identification TouchID system was implemented in the new iPhone 5S. Interestingly enough, when it was announced as a feature there was already a website put up that crowdsourced the initiative via a twitter hashtag and website
. When it first came out, the website 'IsTouchIDHackedYet.com
' actually responded 'No.' but now it states, 'Maybe' with today's latest revelations.
Since the prize money is quite massive, this effort will obviously be very closely critiqued and verified by those putting up money, BitCoins, and alcoholic beverages.
The guys and gals over at the Chaos Computing Club in Germany are the ones to claim
to have hacked the TouchID system by lifting a fingerprint and then generating that fingerprint as a fake and tricking Apple's TouchID into thinking it is the actual user. They claim to have 'broken' it by, "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."
Their goal is not to actually break the TouchID system but rather to prove that touch authentication is not a secure method of authentication and should not be taken seriously as one.
As requested from some of the challengers, they also provided a video:
After viewing the video, it appears as though their method does indeed work. They even have a detailed process of how to accomplish this task including the necessary materials and hardware needed to accomplish it. Considering that the phone itself didn't actually get into the hands of users until Friday, it's actually quite an amazing task to have been able to get all of this done by today, Sunday. They've literally been able to test this out in about two to three days and have made up all of the documentation and videos to prove it as well.
While fingerprints are not the best method of authentication, they should be considered an additional step of protecting your data. I personally do not believe that TouchID is necessarily a game-changer or anything that we will see as a great trend for the industry. Sure, there are rumors that HTC will do the same with their One Max phone, but the truth is that it doesn't really provide much more utility than a combination lock screen with swipe gestures.
Well, I guess that answers the question of whether or not Apple's TouchID could be hacked, wasn't long, really.
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