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Hackers Use a Photograph of a Fingerprint to Bypass Phone Security

By TechRadar

November 7, 2019

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Researchers from Tencent Security claim to have developed a method for bypassing biometric security on smartphones in just 20 minutes.

The researchers used photographs of fingerprints left on glass to create cloned physical fingerprints that were detailed enough to fool fingerprint scanners on electronic devices.

The team, called X-Lab, gave a demonstration of the technique at the GeekPwn 2019 hacking conference in Shanghai.

The researchers used a specially developed app to process the photograph, and unique hardware to create a physical model.

The technique was used to successfully trick three smartphones and two other machines with fingerprint readers.

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