by Linden Peterson
It has only been a few days since the launch of Apple’s new product, the iPhone 5s. This generation of the iPhone comes with a security feature, “Touch ID” fingerprint scanner. This is supposed to be more secure than the passcode security. However, the Chaos Computer Club, Europe’s largest association of hackers, has already hacked the fingerprint scanner.
The hacker, by the nickname Starbug, who performed the hack said: “In reality, Apple’s sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far. So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake. As we have said now for more than years, fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints.”
Frank Rieger, CCC’s spokesperson, gave the following statement: “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. The public should no longer be fooled by the biometrics industry with false security claims. Biometrics is fundamentally a technology designed for oppression and control, not for securing everyday device access.”
Students at Bellbrook High School are not thrilled with this. Dean Capozzi was uneasy about this development. He felt that the fingerprint scanner was less secure than the passcode because “finding a password is much more difficult…the other one [the fingerprint scanner] you just need a single fingerprint.”