September 23, 2013
Hackers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) have proven Apple wrong when the corporation asserts that their new iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor is “a convenient and highly secure way to access your phone.”
CCC stated that it is as easy as stealing a fingerprint from a drinking glass – and anyone can do it.
According to the hacker group: “The biometrics hacking team of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has successfully bypassed the biometric security of Apple’s TouchID using easy everyday means. A fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, was enough to create a fake finger that could unlock an iPhone 5s secured with TouchID.”
Indeed, CCC stated: “First, the fingerprint of the enrolled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution. The resulting image is then cleaned up, inverted and laser printed with 1200 dpi onto transparent sheet with a thick toner setting. Finally, pink latex milk or white wood glue is smeared into the pattern created by the toner onto the transparent sheet. After it cures, the thin latex sheet is lifted from the sheet, breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone. This process has been used with minor refinements and variations against the vast majority of fingerprint sensors on the market.”
Privacy concerns are at the forefront with this new fingerprint scanner.
With the collection of data from cell phones, we can now add fingerprints to the mix. And this poses a great threat to our 5th Amendment rights as stated in the US Constitution.
The 5th Amendment states : “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
Biometric information must be covered under the 5th Amendment for the guarantee that “no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself” be applied to this new technology.
If not, all users who have now (and will in the future) embedded their fingerprint into the iPhone 5S will have given away their right to protection from self-incrimination; as well as giving the federal government direct information that can be collected by any and all federal agencies who have obtained subpoenas to have access.
The guarantee afforded by the 5th Amendment was established with protecting innocent people from being tortured by the Inquisition in the 1600s when being pumped for information that could be used against them in a kangaroo court.