Thursday, September 12, 2013

iPhone 5S: Thieves chop off phone-owners' fingertips to access fingerprint-reading handsets

The Man Behind the Hand
Apple's new model includes Touch ID, which allows users to unlock their handsets with their fingerprints

Thieves have mutilated victims to gain access to phones equipped with a fingerprint reader, an expert has warned. Yesterday, Apple launched its iPhone 5S, which includes the Touch ID feature, an integrated sensor on the device's home button that reads your fingerprint in order to unlock your phone.

Marc Rogers said the sensors can provide a convenient way to unlock gadgets while also boosting security. But they have led criminals to commit increasingly brutal robberies and even chop off phone-owners' fingertips, the chief researcher at mobile security firm Lookout claimed.

Fraudsters have also succeeded in lifting and duplicating prints with technology that “is only going to improve with time”, he added. Read more >>
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