Hackers working for Chinese security company Tencent claim that they have developed a method to photograph a fingerprint on any glass surface and use it to unlock any smartphone, no matter their fingerprint reader technology — in just 20 minutes…
Each of those phones used one of the three existing fingerprint scanning technologies: capacitive, optical. and ultrasonic, like the one in the Samsung Galaxy S10.
Talking to the media after the demonstration, [X-Lab’s leader Chen] Yu said that the hardware they used to clone the fingerprint only costs about $140. Yu believes that the only defense against this is to clean everything you touch, including all of your phone.
In other words: fingerprint security sucks.
MacDailyNews Take: Hackers unlock any smartphone using photographed fingerprints in just 20 minutes? Not our iPhones (or iPad Pros), they don’t! 🙂
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]