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SRLabs Spoofs Samsung Galaxy S5’s Fingerprint Sensor

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BERLIN, Germany – A recent investigation by SRLabs shows that the Samsung Galaxy S5’s biometric sensor is prone to hacks.

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Samsung Galaxy S5

According to the report published by Security Research Labs (SRLabs), and recorded for a YouTube video (below), the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S5 can be tricked. It was found that even with a lifted fingerprint, it is easily possible to make a wood glue spoof that was earlier used to trick the touch ID system of the iPhone 5S.

There are differences in the way fingerprint scanners work on the two devices. While using Touch ID, iPhone 5S users need to initially enter a password once to unlock the phone and this process needs to be done everytime the iPhone 5S is restarted. But for Galaxy S5, no such steps are required even after restarting.

However, after a restart, even while using PayPal for conducting payment transactions, no password is required. This is really a loose end left by Samsung in its security framework.

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By , International Correspondent, Edinburgh office on Apr 18th, 2014 GMT +2


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