Bogus iPhone ad fools some people into thinking their phones are waterproof (but they are now hackable)

24 September 2013

ios7-water-proof-phone-2 Some prankster has mocked up an 'advert' for iOS 7, claiming that the operating system makes iPhones waterproof. Obviously, some people have fallen for the joke and damaged their mobiles.

"In an emergency, a smart-switch will shut off the phone's power supply and corresponding components to prevent any damage to your iPhone's delicate circuitry," read the bogus advert.


Elsewhere, Germany's Chaos Computer Club reckon they've cracked the fingerprint sensor on the new iPhone 5S. That means they can have a load of booze and a dirty book.

The group say they took a fingerprint of the user, photographed from a glass surface, and then created a "fake fingerprint" which could be put onto a thin film and used with a real finger to unlock the phone.

"This demonstrates – again – that fingerprint biometrics is unsuitable as access control method and should be avoided," said the Chaos Club's blogpost author, "Starbug". "In reality, Apple's sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far. So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake. As we have said now for more than years, fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints."

If you want to see a video of the hack, click here

TOPICS:   Mobile   Privacy


  • Alexis
    "“This demonstrates – again – that fingerprint biometrics is unsuitable as access control method and should be avoided,” But 4 numbers are ok? Is that why bank only requires 4 numbers to get into my online account? Oh, wait...
  • hotmail r.
    @Alexisn't - you're a moron. Even not being able to think for yourself is not an argument in this case, no bank lets you logon to your online account with 4 numbers. There are other details required which enhances security. Also the bank will lock your account if you fail logon more than a few times. You get as many chances as you like with an iTw@ phone. Additionally, fingerprints are left everywhere, including on the fingerprint scanner... Your pin is not left anywhere unless your name is Alexis and you need to write it down on a piece of paper and store it safely with your card. Moron.
  • klingelton
    on its own, biometrics is not a good idea. as part of other security measures, it goes to enhance security - and for the average joe, biometrics is good enough.
  • Alexis
    @hotmail ruuuuules Oh dear. Read my post again and re-read yours. Then go and slap yourself around the head. Did your teacher never teach you read the question at least 3 times in exams before jumping in and answering straight away?
  • Dick
    Someone start a rumour that if you insert the iphone into your anus, then you get to look like Steve Jobs. Pre or post death, it is up to you.

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