iPhone 5S Feature becomes New Target for Hackers

A couple days ago, Apple released information about the upcoming release of the iPhone5S. Of the updates implemented to the newest version, the embedded fingerprint sensor feature called “Touch ID” has grabbed the attention of people all over the world; including that of hackers.

Security researchers Nick Depetrillo, Robert David Graham, Dam Kaminsky and others, were talking about the safety of the fingerprint sensor on Twitter when Mr. Depetrillo decided to post a challenge.

Nick Depetrillo announces hack challenge on Twitter

Nick Depetrillo announces hack challenge on Twitter

Soon after, istouchidhackedyet.com was created. More security researchers and hackers pitched in, offering more incentives. The grand prize for the first person to “enroll print, place it, lift it, reproduce it, use the reproduction to unlock the phone without being locked. Video”, the basic conditions dictated by Depetrillo’s tweet,  is now over $13,000, a couple bottles of wine and hard liquor, and even books.

With the iPhone 5S due to launch this Friday, the competition hasn’t begun yet. But once hackers get their hands on the iPhone 5S, who knows what the coming weekend will bring?

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