GERMAN HACKER GROUP Chaos Computer Club has broken Apple's Touch ID system for logging into the iPhone 5S.
The iPhone 5S just went on sale last Friday and the Touch ID fingerprint reader apparently was hacked over the weekend.
The Chaos Computer Club said that it was able to impersonate an actual finger by creating a fake one from a photograph of a lifted fingerprint. It warned users to consider whether they want to use a security system that you cannot change unless you change your hands.
"We hope that this finally puts to rest the illusions people have about fingerprint biometrics. It is plain stupid to use something that you can't change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token", said CCC spokesman Frank Rieger.
"The public should no longer be fooled by the biometrics industry with false security claims. Biometrics is fundamentally a technology designed for oppression and control, not for securing everyday device access."
The iPhone went on sale on Friday and the CCC posted its workaround and video within a day. According to one of its members it was relatively easy to exploit.
"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", said CCC member Starbug.
"As we have said now for more than years, fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints." µ
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