HOUSTON, TX – The waiting lines are over. Now the battle lines have been drawn. The iPhone 5s, a marvel in technology and security. Or is it? Your mission, should you choose to accept it: successfully hack the fingerprint ID Apple touts as the latest in cellphone security.
That’s what a group of independent hackers wants you to do. The website, istouchidhackedyet, challenges computer gurus world-wide to demonstrate an effective hack of Apple’s latest security feature. Do this and you’ll be rewarded greatly – nearly $16,000 in bounty has been raised for whoever can complete the challenge.
“There are a number of things that are much harder to do with regard to hacking a cellphone,” laughs Brett Dearman, a digital forensic investigator at McCann Investigation here in Houston.
Less than 48-hours after the challenge was issued, a German hackers group known as the Chaos Computer Club posted a video on YouTube showing them lifting a fingerprint with a piece of tape and using it to break into the phone. No fancy codes or rocket science here.
“I have a hunch that they had it figured out before the release,” Dearman says, “it’s just that simple.”
And while the video still needs to be verified before the reward can be given, it demonstrates just how “secure” our data really is.
“With technology today, it’s not a matter of “if” it gets hacked, it’s a matter of “when” it gets hacked,” Dearman warned.
And now that the fingerprint scanner has been successfully hacked, the debate over what Apple plans on doing with everyone’s fingerprint data can rage on.
Technology — don’t you love it?