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Research : Almost All Fingerprint Sensors on Android Mobiles Can Be Hacked

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Research : Almost All Fingerprint Sensors on Android Mobiles Can Be Hacked

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New reports suggest that our fingerprints are not as unique and safe for security, as we might have otherwise believed. This makes almost all Android smartphones in the future susceptible to getting hacked. Studies by FireEye researchers Tao Wei and Yulong Zhang have outlined new ways to attack an Android device to extract the user’s fingerprint.

HTC One Max

As of now, this threat is said to be confined to Android devices like Samsung, Huawei and HTC devices. The research shows four outlines for these hacks, and one them called the “fingerprint sensor spying attack”, is said to be able to “remotely harvest fingerprints on a large scale,” says Zhang.

Reports suggest that the two devices that have been hacked are – the HTC One Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S5. This happens because the device doesn’t fully lock down the sensor, allowing the hacker to acquire a fingerprint image.

“In this attack, victims’ fingerprint data directly fall into attacker’s hand. For the rest of the victim’s life, the attacker can keep using the fingerprint data to do other malicious things,” Zhang said.

As we know before fingerprint technology was used for mobile payments and unlocking devices, it had been previously used for identity, immigration, and for criminal records. However, researchers have not mentioned which device is more secure than the other, although they have mentioned that the iPhone is “quite secure” as it is encrypted by a fingerprint data from the scanner. So, “even if the attacker can directly read the sensor, without obtaining the crypto key, [the attacker] still cannot get the fingerprint image,” he said.

Galaxy S5

Research also says that this hack is susceptible to high-end laptop users with fingerprint sensors and advice users to use devices that are regularly updated and install apps only from reliable sources.

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  • Abdullah Asif

    Abhi Officially android support aai hi nai fingerprint scanners ki google ki trf sy

  • Abdullah Asif

    Finger print scanner software used in galaxy s5 and htc one m9 are made by the OEM’s. its not from Google and the security firm also doesn’t indicate the latest phone galaxy s6 is vulnerable. 1st gen phones were only vulnerable to the hack
    Android M is the only version with finger print support from official android
    Its not android you should be targeting !!

  • Abdullah Asif

    And

  • Zain Ul Abideen

    But not yur MoM n Bro

  • Zain Ul Abideen

    Yup

  • Abdullah Asif

    Haha I Am now Apple Touch ID user :P

  • Zain Ul Abideen

    Abdullah Asif

  • Harshith K R Upadhyay

    The name itself says “i” Gyaan

  • Rishabh Raghunath

    Fingerprint sensor on Iphones can be hacked too..
    Dont try to bash Android for everything..
    Its not Android’s fault that it can be hacked..

  • Rakshith Cr

    @krunal Google CAN do it, but they don’t NEED to do it unlike apple.

  • Vaibhav Rawat

    ^xD

  • Vaibhav Rawat

    Haha I was waiting for someone to say this xD

  • Kamalpreet Singh

    research :p? kinki.. ?

  • Asif Bhaijaan

    My budget is 10k.. . Please suggest me an iOS model..

  • Muhammed Amal

    Iam not rich lol but iam an iphone user since 3gs onwards upto this 6 plus previously owned an xperia z2 & a note 3 but iam not getting the satisfaction of an iphone or eyecatching frm people also iam a die hard fan of steve jobs his quotes & innovations totally inspired me so hearing about apple steve jobs is lyk crazy 4 me

  • Rajeev Anj

    2 step verification!! LMAO!!

  • Vivek Tiwari

    yeah you choose ios and get your naked pictures leaked frm the icloud lmao

  • Asif Bhaijaan

    Lol.. . Rich People spotted

  • Sandeep Gaur

    And the researchers are from apple itself.

  • Suriyanarayanan R Srinivasan

    All the FP sensors can be hacked In sme cases …. Pls stop your crap stories….

  • Mani Vannan M

    Hack panradhula kuda andha Iphone a madhikala :P

  • Hemanthvishnu Koganti

    Mani Vannan MSelva Kumar TRichard BenKarthick RajSai Ram

  • Pushkar Soorma
  • Muhammed Amal

    Thats only i cloud even google drive can be hacked anyway google authorities maybe seeing ur synced datas & photos almost all celebrities use iphone these days thats why they make those photos public lol android is for poor kids & lazy people cause its cheap almost all donkeys hav android hav that in hand ios is not like that it is optimised only for ipod/ipad/iphone models according to theire hardware capability so its highly optimised and all ios apps works fine without cabatibility issues like android also ios appstore has more games & apps than android

  • Muhammed Amal

    Cause u dont know how to use an iphone

  • Raj Majethia

    Is the oneplus 2 scanner hackable?

  • Tanuj Kapoor

    lol U0001f602U0001f601

  • Vishal Khedkar

    Much needed explanation!

  • Vishal Khedkar

    Yeah, don’t worry. They’ll improve it in time…

  • Nawaz Sagri

    and here i am having problem running “Hello World” program :p

  • Mohammad Abdur Rehman

    Amir Hassan :p

  • Surojit Debnath

    Iphone sucks

  • Vignesh Narasimhan

    Lol xD

  • Hemanth Dasari

    Finger print scanner software used in galaxy s5 and htc one m9 are made by the OEM’s. its not from Google and the security firm also doesn’t indicate the latest phone galaxy s6 is vulnerable. 1st gen phones were only vulnerable to the hack
    Android M is the only version with finger print support from official android
    Its not android you should be targeting !!

  • Anoop Pandey

    OnePlus OnePlus 2 India OnePlus One India OnePlus India

  • Asif Bhaijaan

    Lol… Guess you forgot about the apple cloud leak of celebrities…

  • Krunal Patel

    Haha….What’s wrong in that? Even google can do the same :D

  • Rajeev Anj

    If you want security and privacy, you never choose android!!

  • Tanuj Kapoor

    i will hack it too U0001f60f

  • Aman Patel Ronisuth

    I can hack all of those :p

  • The Joke Store

    Research says apple paid igyan handsomely :D

  • Pavan Kumar

    ‘i’gyaan

  • Rakshith Cr

    I bet this “research” was indirectly funded by Apple