Samsung Investigating ‘Iris Hack’ of Galaxy S8
Iris recognition of the Galaxy S8 has been touted as great substitute for tapping out an unlock passcode; and it allows you to authenticate for the credit card transactions via Samsung Pay, which is company's version of the Apple Pay. Also, it seems that it allows anyone snapping yours eyes photo into your phone, which enables them to rack up the charges of credit card via Samsung Pay.
Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has defeated iris recognition of Galaxy S8 by snapping picture of someone else eye using the camera of a smartphone in the night shot mode without being near to the subject. Image quality of shots taken from 16 feet distance by using a good digital camera has also worked fine.
However, the video which was posted by CCC, the German hacking group that was founded in the year 1981, shows that the Galaxy S8 can be unlocked by using printed photo of owner's eye that was covered with contact lens for replicating curvature of an actual eyeball.
Dirk Engling, Spokesman of CCC, says that "a high-resolution picture from the Internet is sufficient to capture an iris". macobserver.com posted on May 23rd, 2017, stating that Galaxy S8 of Samsung has been already declared as most breakable smartphone of all-time; and now with biometric security of Galaxy S8 is looking pretty weak in its best - so it is both crackable and hackable. However, at least it is looking nice.
The hack was not tested by Samsung themselves, thus it cannot be confirmed or denied as how good it works. Though, fact of requiring the infrared photo of the person's eye has make it less-than-ideal method of hacking.
Any of the security system could be circumvented with enough work, but bulk of people really doesn't have to worry much about because normally the phones remain with them. In case the device got stolen, it is much more likely that thief would try resetting it to the factory default in case of hacking it.
Meanwhile, do not assume that the latest Galaxy S8 has been impenetrable. The hackers may not be trying to get into the phone via iris scanner, but the news that they could bring us back to one great truth of security world: Nothing is impenetrable.
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