Hacker replicate politician’s fingerprint to warn of biometric security dangers

iphone fingerprint unlocking texas 5s touchid
Friendly hackers have already shown us just how vulnerable biometric security measures like fingerprint sensors are to manipulation. Now, another has found a way to copy people’s fingerprints, using nothing but close up photos of their hands.

At the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany, Jan Krissler, aka Starbug, demonstrated how he was able to replicate the fingerprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen with nothing more than photos of her hands and a software called VeriFinger. He used several photos taken three meters away from where Von der Leyen was standing during a public press conference to recreate her fingerprint. The photos were taken from several different angles with a 200er-Objektiv lens on a standard camera.

He then ran the images through VeriFnger’s software to form Von der Leyen’s full fingerprint. Krissler says other image-processing software can also be used, and that a camera with a sharp lens may not be necessary, if your phone has a good enough camera. While the print may not be 100 percent accurate, Krissler claims that it can be used to fool Touch ID on any iPhone as well as other devices with fingerprint sensors.

Of course, to get to that point, the hacker had to go through a few more steps to actually make the fingerprint physical. First, he inverted the colors of the photographed print, making the ridges of the fingerprint white and the grooves black. Then, he printed the image in black ink on standard paper. The ink leaves behind just enough texture for Krissler to make a 3D fingerprint. Krissler’s last step involves coating the fingerprint with glue or plaster to create a perfect mold of the print. The final mold can then be used to unlock the person’s iPhone with Touch ID or any other biometric-secured device.

Although Krissler’s process may sound complicated and time-intensive, malicious hackers could potentially exploit high-profile targets with the technique. The hacker even suggested that politicians wear gloves in the future to protect their fingerprints. Meanwhile, the average iPhone user likely has nothing to fear when it comes to Touch ID’s security.

Product Review

Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones are its most refined yet. Be prepared to pay up

Samsung has unveiled its lineup for its most popular smartphones, and it includes the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. The two flagship phones boast hole-punch cameras, fingerprint sensors embedded in the display, and beefier batteries.

Samsung Galaxy S10e vs. iPhone XR: Cut-price flagship showdown

The Samsung Galaxy S10 range has been revealed, and it heralds a new age of powerful technology. The Galaxy S10e packs the new power and design into a cheaper price point. But is it better than the iPhone XR?

Samsung beefs up just about everything in its Galaxy S10 smartphone range

Samsung has unveiled its 2019 flagship smartphone lineup, and there aren't just two phones as usual -- there are four. There's the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, as well as a new entry called the S10e, as well as the Galaxy S10 5G.
Product Review

Want to see how powerful the Snapdragon 855 chip is? Just rev up the Xiaomi Mi 9

How fast do you want to go? If the answer to this is “as fast as possible,” then take a long look at the Xiaomi Mi 9. It’s one of the highest performance smartphones you can buy. It’s a real monster, and we’ve been using it.

Stay fit and save cash with our top 10 affordable Fitbit alternatives

As much as we love Fitbits, they're rather expensive. If all you want is a simple activity tracker, however, then check out these great cheap Fitbit alternatives. With offerings from brands like Garmin, you don't need to pay full price.

Samsung Galaxy S10e vs. OnePlus 6T: Can the Flagship Killer survive?

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is the new affordable flagship on the block, but at $750, it's $200 more than the OnePlus 6T. Does the Flagship Killer stand a chance against the new generation of flagship devices? Let's take a closer look.

Samsung’s wide range of Galaxy products means there’s something for everyone

Samsung launched a host of new products on February 20, with prices ranging from just $35, all the way up to nearly $2,000. This was not by chance, and the company believes it has something for everyone in 2019.

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for February 2019

Smartwatches make your life easier by sending alerts right on your wrist. Many also provide fitness-tracking features. So if you're ready to take the plunge into wearables and want to save money, read on for the best smartwatch deals.
Product Review

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds are a brilliant combination of value and comfort

With six hours of battery life, an extremely comfortable fit, sweatproofing, and a very palatable price tag, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds are putting all other true wireless earbuds on notice.

Amazon drops a sweet deal on the Kate Spade Scallop smartwatch for women

Unlike many other smartwatches geared toward women, the Kate Spade Scallop offers a more chic and minimalistic look. With this Amazon sale going on right now, you can get it for $109 off its retail price.

Lyft’s Shared Saver service offers cheaper rides, but you’ll have to walk a little

Lyft has launched a new ride option called Shared Saver that offers cheaper rides if you're willing to walk a little. Shared Saver designates a nearby pick-up point and drops you off a short distance from your final destination.

The 5 best Apple AirPods alternatives for Android, Windows, and iOS devices

Apple AirPods, nice as they are, aren't the only game in town. Other makers are offering their own truly wireless earbuds, and if you're looking to buy a pair of high-end in-ear headphones, we've got the best AirPod alternatives on the…

The budget-friendly Moto G7 is now available for pre-order

After a number of leaks and rumors, the Motorola Moto G7, Moto G7 Play, and Moto G7 Power are finally here. The devices represent quite a spec bump over the previous-generation Moto G6 phones, yet still come at a reasonable price.

This feature-packed parka includes a Wi-Fi hot spot to keep you plugged in

The Norrland Parka is a winter jacket that offers more than 20 features, including pockets for storing smartphones, tablets, and earbuds, as well as a USB battery pack and a Wi-Fi hotspot for staying connected on the go.