Apple’s Touch ID bypassed by a 7-year Old
Touch ID is meant to be Apple’s answer to the smart phone theft protection, and protects the contents of your device. Supposedly, the function is pretty safe and apart from a few reports, and here and there, the security of the Touch id seems pretty good with relatively little complaint.
However, according to a report by CNN, it seems that a 7-year-old boy managed to get his father’s Touch ID in the most direct innocent bypass possible. How,? Very easy. He went to his sleeping father took his thumb and put them on the touch-sensor-ID, thus unlocking the phone in the process.
Now we are sure that some of you are wondering, how is that a big deal? For starters, it is a bit ironic, because the boy’s father Matthew Green teaches cryptography and computer security at Johns Hopkins University. On the other hand, it also serves to emphasize that despite the fact that the Touch ID is a relatively safe way to lock your phone from thieves, there is really no stopping the thief or even a police officer from pressing with your thumb/finger on the sensor and unlocking your phone.
According to Green, “This is a really serious problem. In a situation where you’re under arrest, biometric data are not very good in protecting your information at all”. Indeed, the good old passcode is still a better way to protecting your data, at least from the authorities since you could always rely on the Fifth Amendment and not give the passcode out.
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Apple"s Touch ID bypassed by a 7-year Old