Samsung’s new Galaxy 8 has come under fire again, not long after it was described as “fragile” due it glass body during a drop test.
This time it is their eye-scanner security feature that has come under scrutiny after it was claimed it can be fooled by a simple photo and a contact lens.
The iris scanner can be used to unlock the Samsung 8 by looking at it, which the company claims is “airtight”.
Or so they thought. Researches at Chaos Computer Club claim they have tricked the phone using no more than a photo.
Firstly they set up the phone’s security by scanning a volunteers iris using the phones hardware. A photo of the person’s eye was then taken using an infra-red night vision setting. The image was printed, then they placed a contact lens over the iris.
When the phone’s scanner was shown the photo and contact lens, it unlocked itself.
A video was produced to show people how easy it was.
Samsung said its iris scanning technology had been through “rigorous testing” to “prevent attempts to compromise its security.
“If there is a potential vulnerability or the advent of a new method that challenges our efforts to ensure security at any time, we will respond as quickly as possible to resolve the issue.”
Security experts suggest using the finger print reader because the phone is in your hand when you unlock it anyway.
Source : Bbc.com
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