Friendly hackers have already shown us just how vulnerable biometric security measures like fingerprint sensors are to manipulation. Now, another has found a way to copy people’s fingerprints, using nothing but close up photos of their hands.
At the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany, Jan Krissler, aka Starbug, demonstrated how he was able to replicate the fingerprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen with nothing more than photos of her hands and a software called VeriFinger. He used several photos taken three meters away from where Von der Leyen was standing during a public press conference to recreate her fingerprint. The photos were taken from several different angles with a 200er-Objektiv lens on a standard camera.
He then ran the images through VeriFnger’s software to form Von der Leyen’s full fingerprint. Krissler says other image-processing software can also be used, and that a camera with a sharp lens may not be necessary, if your phone has a good enough camera. While the print may not be 100 percent accurate, Krissler claims that it can be used to fool Touch ID on any iPhone as well as other devices with fingerprint sensors… see more