Why Your Smartphone's Fingerprint Scanner Isn't as Secure as You Might Think
- James Titcomb for The Telegraph April 11th, 2017
- Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/04/11/smartphone-fingerprint-scanners-could-easily-fooled-fake-prints/
Smartphone fingerprint scanners are less secure than we are led to believe, according to researchers who have developed "master fingerprints" capable of tricking the sensors.
The researchers were able to bypass fingerprint readers, which are used to unlock phones, log in to apps and make payments, using fake fingerprints created by using patterns found across many real prints.
The findings from New York University and Michigan State University call into question the security of the widely-used technology.