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iPhone 5s touchID hacked

fingerprint locking mechanism bypassed

In what will come as no surprise to many people. Hackers have already found the means to bypass (or hack) the fingerprint lock on the new iPhone 5s. A biometrics hacking team from the Chaos Computer Club has been able to complete the hack, using everyday means.

The new feature on the iPhone had been touted as being more secure than previous fingerprint technologies; boasts of which had caused hackers to create a bounty of over $16,000 and other prizes for the first person to successfully complete the hack.

"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", said the hacker with the nickname Starbug, who performed the critical experiments that led to the successful circumvention of the fingerprint locking. "As we have said now for more than years, fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints"

The hack has been demonstrated in short video, which is below: