Hackers can easily thwart Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner
Researchers at Germany's Security Research Labs were able to break Samsung Galaxy S5's fingerprint security by using a fingerprint spoof.
In a video of the hack, a researcher from Security Research Labs demonstrated how he was able to bypass the fingerprint security.
The researcher used a 'wood glue spoof' made from a mold taken from a photo of a fingerprint smudge left on a smartphone screen, CNET reports.
According to the report, the hacker used the same technique used to hack into the fingerprint scanner in Apple's iPhone 5S last year.
The S5 fingerprint scanner can be easily broken in a few incorrect attempts without requiring a password.
The Galaxy S5's fingerprint scan can also be associated with certain secure apps and services.
SRLabs is a Berlin-based security research and consulting think tank that has investigated mobile networks, SIM cards, payment terminals, and other systems for security issues, the report added.
(Posted on 16-04-2014)