Apple’s Latest iPhone Sells Nine Million Units, Fingerprint Scanner Technology Hacked

Apple announced that its two new iPhones – the iPhone 5C and 5S – have collectively sold more than nine million units in their first three days of availability. We're certainly not shocked by those numbers, nor is Apple CEO Tim Cook:

"This is our best iPhone launch yet," beamed Apple's Tim Cook. "More than nine million new iPhones sold is a new record for first weekend sales."

Apple also said that the new operating system for its phone and tablet devices – iOS 7 – is now being used on more than 200 million iOS devices.

One of the new features of iPhone 5C and 5S is a fingerprint scanner that allows users to skip using a pin in favor of using their fingerprint to access the device. Apparently, a group of hackers out of Germany called the "Chaos Computer Club" have managed to fool the new system. The group – via this Telegraph story – has a message for the masses that thought this was a great idea:

"We hope that this finally puts to rest the illusions people have about fingerprint biometrics," the group said. "It is plain stupid to use something that you can't change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token."

We're also not that shocked that the new fingerprint scanning technology was so easily circumvented. More importantly, in an age where the National Security Agency finds it quite easy to spy on iPhone users, having your fingerprints on your phone will likely help the spy agency create a database of fingerprints and from people who have likely never had their fingerprints taken.

Source: Eurogamer



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