iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint reader easily hacked by German hackers

It seems like Apple made a boo-boo with the fingerprint Touch ID feature in the iPhone 5S that it prides itself over. A German hacker group called Chaos Computer Group has hacked in to the fingerprint reader without much effort. All they did was take a photograph of the fingerprint of the user from a glass surface, create a fake finger and Voila! it opened up like anything. What this means is that your iPhone 5S could be easily hacked using even everyday materials, say a glass you sipped from.


“It is plain stupid to use something that you can´t change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token”, adds Frank Rieger, CCG Spokesperson.

Basically the process in detail is that they click a 2400 dpi resolution picture of the fingerprint All they did was use transparent sheet and inverted and printed the fingerprint on a laser printer with thick toner setting and 1200 dpi resolution. Then they used white wood glue to create a mold on the transparent sheet. All they had to do now was place it upon the iPhone and it was unlocked!

Here’s a video of it in action:

If you had any fantasies about the security of a fingerprint scanner, write them off now.