‘Master Prints’ Could Be Used to Unlock Nearly Any Phone’s Fingerprint Sensor
Think your smartphone's fingerprint sensor is secure? It may not be if this research can lead to a physical master print.
- Luke Dormehl for Digital Trends April 14th, 2017
- Source: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/master-prints-unlock-phones/
Chances are that your smartphone has a fingerprint scanner built into it to help you unlock your device. One advantage to fingerprint scanners is that it makes it faster to unlock handsets than typing a pin number.
However, it’s also more secure because, as we’re constantly reminded about via CSI-style detective shows, all of us have unique fingerprints. As a result, a fingerprint scanner stops someone else unlocking your phone in the way that they could if you knew your passcode.
Right? Well, kind of.