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Breaking iPhone 5s Fingerprint Biometrics

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Apple says of its iPhone 5, "All of it began with something perfectly simple: your finger. And now we’ve taken touch to the next logical place with Touch ID, the fingerprint identity sensor. Your fingerprint is the perfect password. You always have it with you. And no one can ever guess what it is."

Well, nobody has to guess what it is. The Chaos Computer Club has demonstrated an ability to unlock iPhone 5s using a captured fingerprint. The break-in technique utilized high resolution images of the fingerprint on thin, moistened latex sheets. CCC's spokesman says, "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." In images from Mudge's Twitter feed, it would appear CCC isn't alone in having fun with Apple's fingerprint sensor. Of course, street thieves can do it easier by just cutting off your finger when they steal your phone.

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