Apple’s Touch ID Finger Print Scanner has been Hacked – Becomes Nothing More than a Gimmick.

Usman Pirzada
Posted 3 years ago

Well that didn’t take long did it? It only took two days for Apple’s greatest security measure, the Touch ID Finger Print Scanner, to become nothing more then a gimimck. Thats right a German Hacking Group called the “Chaos Computer Club” has done it in less then 48 hours after the iPhone 5s was released. Not only that they are now awaiting massive prize money for accomplishing this feat.

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Apple Touch ID Finger Print Scanner Has Been Hacked – Heres How

As we already mentioned, this feat was accomplished by CCC a German hacker group. Whats ironic is that people were so sure of the un-hackable nature of the iPhone’s Touch ID Finger Print Scanner that there is a site that would reward anyone who gave proof that they accomplished the impossible:

Currently the status on the site is “Maybe” as they wait verification and authentication from CCC to dish out the bounty to them. Here’s how the Chaos Computer Club  say they did it:

“First, the fingerprint of the enrolled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution. The resulting image is then cleaned up, inverted and laser printed with 1200 dpi onto transparent sheet with a thick toner setting. Finally, pink latex milk or white woodglue is smeared into the pattern created by the toner onto the transparent sheet. After it cures, the thin latex sheet is lifted from the sheet, breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone.”

Chaos Computer Club Hacked iPhone 5s TouchID


What will it mean for Apple?

If this hack is easily replicate-able and by the looks, it is, then this could be very bad for Apple. Unlike Android smartphones where a physical defect can just be replaced in the next model, Apple’s iPhones are major events. You have to wait for the next iPhone to even think about replacing anything. With a security flaw as big as this, things look very grim indeed for Apple.

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Even more alarming are reports that the Touch ID Finger Print Scanner can be fooled by mere latex printed finger gloves – so much for the futuristic security measure.


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