The headlining feature of the Apple iPhone 5S is its Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Apple’s betting it will make iPhones more secure and make the cumbersome process of entering a password more seamless. But a German hacking group, the Chaos Community Club, better known as CCC has cracked the fingerprint sensor, Reuters reports. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhana
If true, this will be incredibly embarrassing for Apple, which also always propagated that its platform has been ore secure than Google’s Android. With the iPhone 5S, Apple hoped to provide a giant leap in security on the iPhone. The Touch ID sensor can be used for not just unlocking the phone, but also making purchases via the iTunes store or the App store. Also Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
Many pundits believe that Apple will eventually open up the system for third parties and transactions, but if it is proved to be fallible, then its adoption could be tempered. CCC has posted a video on its website which shows that it managed to unlock the iPhone 5S using a fabricated print. The website also describes how it managed to bypass the biometric security provided by the iPhone 5S. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
Reportedly, the group photographed the a fingerprint, then printed it on a transparent sheet, which was used to create a mold for a fake finger. The Reuters report cites Dino Dai Zoi, who is the author of the iOS hackers handbook, who believes that the CCC is not pulling a publicity stunt, but is actually trying to make a political point.
Apple for its part has been trying undermine the privacy concerns brought forth by the Touch ID and has gone on to claim that the fingerprint data is stored on a secure enclave in the A7 processor utilized by the iPhone 5S.