Hacker From Germany to Collect $20 000 for iPhone5 Fingerprint Sensor Hack

Bad Professor September 26, 2013 0
Hacker From Germany to Collect $20 000 for iPhone5 Fingerprint Sensor Hack

iPhone users thought they had it made when it came to their phones security.  The new update for the iPhone allows it’s users to use a fingerprint sensor to lock and unlock their phones.  This is great, because you don’t have to remember a random set of number and you don’t have to worry about someone looking over your shoulder watching you type in your code.

Then the website, IsTouchIDHackedYet.com, created by two U.K. professors popped up.  They held a contest to see if there was anyone out there who could crack the fingerprint sensor. After the contest was announced several sponsors entered into the race thereafter, and the bounty ultimately managed to reach the value of $20,000. However, it’s uncertain whether the hacker will gain this entire sum or just part of it, especially considering that the awards are at sole discretion of the sponsors.

Who knew it could be done with a hi-res image and a plastic sheet. A Germany hacker who goes by the name, Starbug, posted a detailed description along with a video showing how one could hack the fingerprint sensor.  Once the information was released people all over the world gave it a try and confirmed Starbug’s hack.

One of the founding partners, Arturas Rosenbacher, based out of Chicago withdrawn its $10k sponsorship due to the fact that the solution is not software or hardware-based.


– Took a photo of the iPhone owner’s finger at 2400 dpi resolution. It was sprinkled with colored powder for extra effect.

– Cleaned the image and inverted it, then printed the final photo at 1200 dpi resolution via a laser printer.

– Used a substance known as white wood glue to fill the blank spaces from the sheet

– Once the substance dried out, he cleaned the fake finger and peeled it off from the plastic sheet

– Moistened the print slightly with his breath and then used it to unlock the device

This is the simple tutorial which made Starbug eligible for a prize as big as $20,000. Whether he will actually receive it or not, that is yet to be seen, but fact is the solution he provided is more than genuine. Apple will now have a hard time patching this issue.