“A recent report claims that fingerprint sensors that are used in Android smartphones are not as secure as TouchID [sic] fingerprint sensor used in the recent iPhones,” Sam Mobile reports.
“The new research by Yulong Zhang & Tao Wei, which was presented at the Black Hat USA 2015 conference in Las Vegas [last] week, demonstrated new ways to attack Android devices and steal fingerprints from them,” Sam Mobile reports. “Out of the four attacking methods outlined by the researchers from FireEye, one in particular – fingerprint sensor spying attack – could remotely steal fingerprints on a large scale.”
Sam Mobile reports, “This attack was confirmed on the Galaxy S5 as well as the HTC One Max. Apparently, smartphone makers don’t fully lock down fingerprint sensors. Furthermore, sensors in some devices seem to be guarded by ‘system’ privilege instead of ‘root”, making the job easier for hackers.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Okay, who’s shocked that a half-assed, rush-job, knockoff feature bolted onto a half-assed, rush-job, knockoff operating system is insecure as opposed to Apple’s revolutionary Touch ID and iOS?
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[Attribution: The Loop. Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]