Master Prints Developed For Tricking Smartphone Fingerprint Scanner

Master Prints Developed For Tricking Smartphone Fingerprint Scanner

Smartphone fingerprints are not that much secured as we think, said researchers who have developed “master prints” that are capable of tricking the fingerprint sensors. Using fake fingerprints and less secure system, the researchers were able to bypass fingerprints readers that could be used to unlock phones, log in to apps and make payments. This set of master prints could fool a scanner up to 65 percent of the time. Researchers from New York University and Michigan State University raised up a question related to less security.

Security for smartphones is guaranteed more by fingerprint scanners when compared with passcodes. Researchers have not yet tested their results on real smartphones but they have done so in computer simulations. Apple says their Touch ID scanner used in iPhone has only one in 50,000 chances of matching with someone else’s finger.

Even though fingerprint scanner is more strong, some phone manufacturers are still finding out more authentication methods. Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 phone has got an iris scanner and facial recognition as the authentication app. But later it was shown as a fool with the help of pictures.

Smartphone passcodes could be cracked very easily. There is a one in 10,000 chance of guessing a four-digit passcode but the researchers from Newcastle University have revealed that the motion sensors present inside the phone can pass away the numeric codes by noticing how the phone moves when certain areas of the screen are pressed. Researchers in Japan have found that even if you give a pose with peace signs in pictures that would be enough for hackers to copy your fingerprints and unlock a fingerprint-secured phone.

Alarm bells have been sounded over fingerprint for many times. Michigan State University was successful to bypass the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S6 and Huawei Honor 7 with the help of an, er, inkjet printer.

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