Touch ID is still ‘awesome’, hacker says

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Sep 26, 2013 04:45 am PST

A hacker who lifted a fingerprint to bypass Apple’s new Touch ID has urged calm saying the login measure was still valid. 

The biometric mechanism was first bypassed this week by Chaos Computer Club user Starbug who used an altered photograph, a printer and latex to replicate a fingerprint to unlock the new iPhone 5s.

Lookout security researcher Marc Rogers also bypassed the identity checker using the ‘Gummi Bear’ technique proposed by Japanese cryptographer Tsutomu Matsumoto in 2002 which used gelatin to replicate fingerprints.

Gelatin has close to the same capacitance as human skin, meaning it fooled scanners that detected electrical charges.


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