We cracked Apple’s finger scanner: hacking group

German collective claims iPhone 5S Touch ID system bypassed with fake finger

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We cracked Apple’s finger scanner: hacking group Apple hoped its security system would set the iPhone 5S apart from rival handsets. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 23, 2013

Just two days after the official launch of the iPhone 5S, a German hacking Group claimed it has cracked Apple's Touch ID system, the fingerprint unlocking mechanism in the new smartphone.

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The Chaos Computing Club, one of the world's largest and most prominent hacking communities, said it achieved the break by photographing an iPhone user's finger and printing it on a transparent sheet, which was then used to make a mold for a fake finger. The group claimed similar processes had cracked "the vast majority" of fingerprint sensors on the market.

The CCC said it had targeted the iPhone 5S because of the grandiose claims made of its security feature.

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"Fingerprints should not be used to secure anything," a hacker named Starbug said on the CCC's website. "You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints."

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