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Biometrics: german hackers allegedly bypassed Apple´s new touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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A group of hackers in Germany -The Chaos Computer Club-  said they have bypassed the biometric security on Apple’s new Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the  iPhone 5S  by photographing an iPhone user’s fingerprint from a glass surface and using that captured image to verify the user’s login credentials.

The biometric app “Touch ID”  sensor, which resides under the home button of the iPhone 5S, can replace the four-digit passcode to unlock the handset and authorize iTunesStore purchases.

“This demonstrates — again — that fingerprint biometrics is unsuitable as access control method and should be avoided,” the group wrote. READ ARTICLE HERE

Biometrics are not as safe as is often thought. A 2010 report from the National Research Council concluded that such systems are “inherently fallible” because they identify people within certain degrees of certainty and because biological markers are relatively easy to copy. For example, people leave their fingerprints on everything they touch, which makes those fingerprints available to any determined spy or law enforcement agent. Experts have shown that fingerprints and other markers can be copied, giving hackers and thieves access to private information. And once compromised, fingerprints cannot be reset, like passwords, nor replaced, like passports. READ STORY HERE