Speaking at the Chaos Computer Club, Europes largest association of hackers, Krissler explained that fingerprints can be snatched using a standard photo camera, along with a commercially available software called VeriFinger. To prove this, the hacker copied the thumbprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, which he obtained at a recent public event.
This type of vulnerability extends beyond mobile payments.
“Because these fingerprints can be used for biometric authentication, Starbug believes that after his talk, ‘politicians will presumably wear gloves when talking in public.’”
Before trashing your iPhone to make Apple Pay purchases, VentureBeat notes:
Even if reproducing a fingerprint was a viable method for breaking into a system, be it a smartphone or a high-security vault, this news doesnt mean that fingerprints are suddenly useless. Perfect security measures do not exist, and fingerprints definitely still have their place. They can still be more secure than PIN codes in many cases, and can always be used in conjunction with them or other types of passwords for multiple layers of security.
First announced in September, all of Apple Payworks on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch. You can make in-app purchases with Apple Pay with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3.