Guy Unlocks IPhone With Play-Doh


Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The Play-Doh hack is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to spoofing fingerprints. Remember the fuss about the FBI breaking into an iPhone? Well, it turns out that hacking into a phone isn’t so hard after all. You can even do it by “spoofing” someone’s fingerprint with ordinary children’s Play-Doh. As you can see from the video above, Jason Chaikin, who runs a biometrics company called Vkansee, was able to open my iPhone 6 in a matter of minutes. All it took was a copy of my fingerprint and a little blob of Play-Doh to trick the smartphone’s TouchID technology into thinking it was me. But it’s not just an Apple AAPL 0.36% problem. Chaikin repeated the demonstration with two Android GOOG -0.42% phones, unlocking a Samsung Galaxy S6 and a LG Nexus 5X. He also used the Play-Doh trick to fool the fingerprint sensor on a Microsoft Surface MSFT 0.61% machine. At a time of growing concern over cyber-security, these demos raise a worrisome question: Are the biometric features on our devices, which are intended to protect our privacy, actually a risk? The question is important at a time when devices contain a growing trove of […]

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