Reward of $15,000, whisky and a dirty book for anyone who can crack iPhone fingerprint sensor

apple_logo_rainbow_6_color Technology-botherers have launched a competition to see who can hack the fingerprint scanner on Apple's new iPhone. is offering $15,000 with loads of whisky and a sexy book thrown in. And some Bitcoins.

The excitingly named Arturas Rosenbacher, founding partner of I/O Capital who donated $10,000 to the competition said that this isn't a nasty hack: "This is to fix a problem before it becomes a problem. This will make things safer."

Of course, there are no real issues with the technology as yet, but other versions of have been bypassed with a variety of methods.

Remember the Gummy Bear hack? Tsutomu Matsumoto came up with a method where hi-res photographed fingertips transferred onto a fake finger made from gelatine fooled sensors 80% of the time. That's a huge faff though. Some people have stored their dog's nose or cat's paw in their phone to unlock it.

There are privacy concerns, with letting a company store data concerning your fingerprints. If Apple harvest all your fingerprints, bad things could occur and people are especially jumpy after all those NSA leaks. While it shouldn't be too difficult to hack the security on a mobile, the concern should really regard what Apple are going to do with all this information.


  • Captain.Cretin
    As "The Register" notes, the biggest issue will be how well the fingerprint readers cover resists scratches, as once it degrades, the sensor wont recognise your fingerprint as matching its stored copy and you wont be able to access your Zombiephone (© NSA)
  • hillsandvalets
    Just cut the owners finger off then change the scan to your own. I'll have that in $20 bills please.
  • Inspector G.
    But isn't everything synced to the 'eye cloud' anyway and thus only really protected by your password? If I was to own such a device I would look at it more as a 'stop my mates dicking around with my Facebook whilst I'm in the toilet' button than any real security measure.
  • Pa
    Pay attention at the back. Finger needs to be alive to work. Fingerprints ate only stored on the phone in an encrypted form and held in memory only accessible to the scanner.
  • ihateputtingnamesin
    @Pa I thought when you said 'Pay attention at the back' you were going to say ;your finger prints will be on the back of the phone'. It will and the screen. Why does the finger need to be alive.
  • ihateputtingnamesin
    Surely, knock out owner, press his/her finger onto phone, take wallet and shoes. Walk away one phone, one wallet and two shoes richer.
  • Sarah
    Cracked. Simples.

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