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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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Rachel Issac
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43 comments
Abdullah Asif
Abdullah Asif

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

Abdullah Asif
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 !!

Rishabh Raghunath
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
Rakshith Cr

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

Vaibhav Rawat
Vaibhav Rawat

Haha I was waiting for someone to say this xD

Asif Bhaijaan
Asif Bhaijaan

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

Muhammed Amal
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

Vivek Tiwari
Vivek Tiwari

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

Sandeep Gaur
Sandeep Gaur

And the researchers are from apple itself.

Mani Vannan M
Mani Vannan M

Hack panradhula kuda andha Iphone a madhikala :P

Muhammed Amal
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

Vishal Khedkar
Vishal Khedkar

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

Nawaz Sagri
Nawaz Sagri

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

Hemanth Dasari
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
Anoop Pandey

OnePlus OnePlus 2 India OnePlus One India OnePlus India

Asif Bhaijaan
Asif Bhaijaan

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

Krunal Patel
Krunal Patel

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

Rajeev Anj
Rajeev Anj

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

Rakshith Cr
Rakshith Cr

I bet this "research" was indirectly funded by Apple