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Apr 15 2014, 2:11pm CDT | by , in News | Mobile Phones

Turns out the fingerprint reader employed by Samsung’s new phone has its drawbacks as well.

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader can be fooled with fake digits
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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader can be fooled with fake digits

It would seem that the iPhone 5s isn't the main cell phone whose finger impression reader could be tricked by fake digits. SR Labs has recently posted a video demonstrating that Samsung's recently launched Galaxy S5 is helpless to the same trap: as long as the user has a great photograph of an inactive print, they can make a mold that passes for a true finger.

The lab additionally guarantees that Samsung's methodology might at last be less secure than Apple's, since one is not compelled to enter a passcode under specific conditions, (for example, a reboot) and can utilize the unique finger impression to make Paypal transactions.

Likewise with the iPhone, the Galaxy S5’s vulnerability requires the ability, assets and time to make a fake fingerprint. The chances are low that a phone robber will move beyond your telephone's resistances, or that a skilled hacker will get hold of the phone before the user has had an opportunity to remotely wipe out the phone’s data.

Paypal additionally claims that it’s not difficult to prevent any unwanted payments, since the finger impression isn't connected to the user’s record. Indeed considering these admonitions, SR Labs' exhibition shows that biometric security isn't fool proof, despite what has been previously assumed of this technology.

 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/32" rel="author">Ahmed Humayun</a>
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