Is the new iPhone fingerprint reader hacked yet?

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The future has already been hacked.

Apparently, the answer is yes. Wired is reporting that a German hacker with the European organization Chaos Computer Club has found a way to fake out Apple’s brand new Touch ID fingerprint reader, rolled out as a security feature.

The hacker, who goes by Starbug, demonstrated that the phones can be hacked with replicas of real fingerprints constructed with pink latex milk or woodglue. It isn’t the first time CCC set out to prove the flaws in biometric security systems – a few years ago, the hackers published the image of a fingerprint belonging to a German interior minister who was strongly advocating for new electronic passports that would be linked to individuals’ fingerprints.

A few weeks ago, we reported that San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and other law enforcement officials had banned together to call on smartphone manufacturers to implement new security features as a way to address growing theft of mobile devices. Apparently, the fingerprint ID systems don’t offer the level of security Apple was hoping for. The latest iPhones, which include fingerprint readers, were just released Sept. 20.

According to the SFPD, more than 50 percent of robberies occurring every day involve smartphones.

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Sadly, I think that anyone who wants to move on from the SFBG to a real journalism job has their work cut out for them. Has anyone ever done it?

Posted by Troll on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

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As for people getting other careers, I suggest you check here:
http://www.propublica.org/site/author/ac_thompson

I suppose that after reading that biography you will come up with some sort of pointless swill-ridden retort that possesses the literary merit of a dime novel covered in pigeon shit. This is understandable, as your lack of imagination is what draws you into commenting on this very website in the first place. You're sort of like a leukocyte for the status quo, attempting at all times to slide your pseudopods into whatever information might pose a threat to how your sad and pathetic little world works. And just like the little amoebic mass that you are, it's the size of your worldview I find most troubling. Your disdain for any sort of cognitive dissonance belies your inability to imagine anything different from what the world is today. The people who siphon cash off of the backs of hard working folks such as yourself applaud your efforts, for you're just one less paid commenter they need to hire.

PS
Lulz

Posted by Ambrose Bierce on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

Great comment, Ambrose.

Too bad that you don't get paid $100 a comment like I do. $25 from Ron Conway, $15 from Larry Ellison, $30 from PG&E and another $30 from a private consortium of real estate speculators.

The people who really run this town know that whoever controls the SFBG message board controls San Francisco. Which is fine with me; I just bought two more rent controlled buildings that I can now Ellis and get enough for a summer place near Vancouver.

How you doin?

Posted by Troll on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

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Posted by troll barrier on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 12:13 am

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Posted by troll barrier on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 12:18 am

A blog crying out into the wilderness with an average of one comment every other day...

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

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it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into petty, mean spirited, personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

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Posted by troll barrier on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 12:19 am

Or whether he is enjoying the freedom from acrimony?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 9:45 am

I heard that some enterprising thieves who don't know how to hack have found an umm... "innovative" solution. They just slice off the digit of the user. One could call it a sort of "low tech" hacking. No computer needed... just a sharp knife.

Yet another reason not to get this expensive toy.

Personally I'd never get one anyway. Iphones have among the highest radiation output levels of any cell phone model. That information isn't readily available, thanks to opposition from the manufacturer's lobby. But it can be found.

Posted by Greg on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 9:56 pm
Posted by area 51 on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

"Yet another reason not to get this expensive toy."

Exactly. And that's really what they are: expensive toys.

They are expensive toys to keep the masses (sheep) thoroughly entertained, verbally disconnected from each other because they are too busy squinting at a small screen and typing to each other instead of talking to each other, and distracted from what's really important and going on in this city and around the world.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 5:21 am

You seem to have a lot of these alleged phoney scoops?

Either that or you are deluded and living in a fantasy world.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 9:46 am

this is simply a troll barrier

it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into petty, mean spirited, personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

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Posted by troll barrier on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 11:42 am

After reading this new i am totally shocked because as everyone knows Samsung is working to overcome the iphone market and spending allot of dollars in that context. But most iphone users trust apple due to its high quality and extra advantage of data protection and access. Either its a bar code reader app and data protection apple giving its users aan incredible experience but these kind of things means apple can disappointed its customers in future.

Posted by erricmartin on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 2:27 am

Why is this article on the politics blog?

Posted by The Commish on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 8:27 am

With a commitment to provide only neutral, objective, unbiased coverage?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 9:40 am

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Posted by troll barrier on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 11:46 am

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