Android fingerprint scanners fooled by inkjet printer

“Your fingerprint is supposed to be the most secure method of locking your smartphone, but that’s not the case if your device can be easily fooled,” Killian Bell reports for Cult of Android. “Researchers have been able to hack those from Samsung and Huawei using only an inkjet printer and conductive ink.”

“‘Your fingerprint is one of the best passwords in the world,’ said Apple’s Dan Riccio when the company introduced Touch ID, the fingerprint scanner that kickstarted a generation of smartphones with fingerprint scanners, in September 2013,” Bell reports. “That may be the case if you use an iPhone, but it seems other devices aren’t quite as good at keeping the bad guys out.”

Bell reports, “Using fingerprints printed from capacitive ink, researchers at Michigan State University were able to fool those used by Samsung and Huawei.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, 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?

If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.

Android fingerprint sensors aren’t as secure as iPhone’s Touch ID – August 10, 2015
Security journalist: Goodbye, Android, hello Apple iPhone! – July 29, 2015
Simple, secure Apple Pay propels mobile payments – January 26, 2015
Prior to Steve Jobs unveiling of Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android didn’t support touchscreen input – April 14, 2014
Before iPhone, Google’s plan was a Java button phone, Android docs reveal – April 14, 2014
How Google reacted when Steve Jobs revealed the revolutionary iPhone – December 19, 2013
Apple to ITC: Android started at Apple while Andy Rubin worked for us – September 2, 2011

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Robert” and “macbart” for the heads up.]


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