It Took Hackers This Long to Crack the iPhone's Fingerprint Security

Maksim Kabakou/

The iPhone 5S was released to the general public on Friday. Little more than 48 hours later, a group of hackers found a way to bypass the device's fingerprint-based security system that doesn't involve messy decapitation

The Chaos Computer Club's Starbug was able to get past the iPhone's 5S TouchID security system by using a photo of your fingerprint and using glue or plastic to create a copy, like you've seen in countless spy movies. He modified existing biometric hacking methods slightly for the iPhone's TouchID. "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," Starbug says.

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