The new biometric security 'feature' if the Apple iPhone has already been breached using a simple photograph & common everyday items.
It took members of the renowned Chaos Computer Club the blink of an eye to defeat the iPhone 5s secured with TouchID.
Here is a short video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM8b8d8kSNQ
Bumometrics. You may as well send a photo of your ass, it is probably more 'secure'..
p.s. For obvious reasons I can't post my own bumometrics photo here but you can see a photo of my cute little one here... http://twitpic.com/b52u2g/full
"as Step 1) for convenience" <I wonder just how many 'steps' are planned for this 'convenience'.
as for not being 'military-grade security' <I wonder what grade of security it is supposed to be, 'kindy grade'?
The 'kindy grade' security 'smartphone'. Step 1 in Apple's post-Jobs smartphone dominance.
Fair call Alexander?
I don't know much about photography & printing but, for instance, the Canon PIXMA printers can print resolutions as high as 9600x2400 dpi. A 16 megapixel photo of a fingerprint on a glass taken with a macro lens....
...but I do assume some people are using their phones for payments or trading... isn't that 'worth the hassle'?
Obviously the iphone fingerprint thingy is a 'convenience' feature more than a 'security' feature. It doesn't solve the issue with mobile phones for even vaguely secure or private transactions.
Re dealing on insecure mobiles, I only imagine that larger sums might be available for 'extraction'.
Cnet has published onfirmation Chaos Computer Club member Starbug's hack of the iphone 5s.
They don't show the bit with the printing onto the latex painted onto a sheet... but you get the idea.
Apparently all you need to fool the iphone fingerprint is a gang of friend's fingers instead.
this Iranian video.
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