Video: iPhone 5s Touch ID fingerprint sensor seemingly hacked

Jacob Siegal

iPhone 5s Touch ID Hack
iPhone 5s Touch ID Hack

It was only a matter of time until someone figured out how to get around the iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor, especially with a hefty bounty on the line. Touch ID doesn’t even seem to have survived the weekend though, as the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has uploaded a video of the iPhone 5s being unlocked with easily acquired materials, including a thin strip of latex and a high quality photograph of the fingerprint.

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In the post announcing the hack on Saturday, the CCC also linked to a how-to from 2004 that has served as the basis for hacking biometric scanners for years, which was also used to get access to Apple’s latest smartphone.

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“In reality, Apple’s sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far,” explained CCC hacker Starbug. ”So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake. As we have said now [for 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.”

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