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Samsung investigating Galaxy S8 iris scanner hack

Samsung is investigating claims that the iris recognition security system on its Galaxy S8 smartphone can be fooled by a photograph, according to AFP[1]. German hacking group Chaos Computer Club[2] (CCC) published a video showing the iris scanner being fooled by a photo of the smartphone owner’s eye covered with a contact lens – to imitate the curvature of a real eye’s surface. The group said a high-resolution image off the Internet is sufficient to capture an iris, and the hackers got the best results using Samsung laser printers.

Samsung said it was aware of the claims and was investigating.

“If there is a potential vulnerability or the advent of a new method that challenges our efforts to ensure security, we will respond as quickly as possible to resolve the issue,” said Samsung.

The CCC said traditional PIN protection is stronger than using physical features, such as iris and fingerprint sensors.

Now read: 5 million Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones sold[3]

References

  1. ^ AFP (www.afp.com)
  2. ^ Chaos Computer Club (www.ccc.de)
  3. ^ 5 million Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones sold (mybroadband.co.za)

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