Friday, October 7, 2016

Touch ID Is Only More Convenient

Alex Hern (in 2014, via Alexis Gallagher):

A speaker at the Chaos Communication Congress, an annual meeting of hackers in Germany, demonstrated his method for faking fingerprints using only a few high-definition photographs of his target, German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen.

Jan Krissler, known in hacker circles as Starbug, used commercial software called VeriFinger and several close-range photos of von der Leyen, including one gleaned from a press release issued by her own office and another he took himself from three meters away, to reverse-engineer the fingerprint.

Update (2016-10-07): See this Twitter conversation.

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