Apple’s fingerprint scanning technology hacked by European group

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The Chaos Computer Club has posted a video and instructions on how to hack into Apple’s TouchID software on its website

Apple’s TouchID technology, which enables users to unlock their phones via fingerprint scanning, has been hacked by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC).

The technology was debuted on Apple’s latest handset release, the iPhone 5s, which went on sale in the UK and US on Friday (September 20).

The club, which claims to be Europe’s largest association of hackers, published a press release on its website on Saturday (September 21), saying it had successfully bypassed the biometric security of Apple’s TouchID “using easy everyday means”.

Chaos also posted a video and instructions on how to hack TouchID to gain access to iPhones locked using fingerprint scanning.

Member and hacker ‘Starbug’ said: “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.”

CCC spokesperson Frank Rieger said: “The public should no longer be fooled by the biometrics industry with false security claims. Biometrics is fundamentally a technology designed for oppression and control, not for securing everyday device access.”

The group advised iPhone 5s owners not to protect sensitive data on their device using the fingerprint scanner but to stick with passcodes.

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