Samsung's Galaxy S5 sees its fingerprint sensor hacked by fake finger

Samsung's Galaxy S5's new fingerprint sensor is less secure than Apple's Touch ID system and can be spoofed using nothing more than some wood glue.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Wed, Apr 16 2014 9:09 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

Samsung followed in Apple's footsteps with the addition of a fingerprint sensor on the front of the Galaxy S5, but it now appears that Apple's implementation of bio-metric security may actually be safer than Samsung's version. A new video has surfaced that shows just how easy it is to spoof the Galaxy S5's sensor with nothing but a casting made from common wood glue.

The video was created by SRLabs, and shows the company using a false finger with the correct fingerprint unlocking the phone. While SRLabs was able to do the same with the iPhone 5S, Apple's Touch ID also utilized a password prompt that prevented further entry. Furthermore, SRLabs was able to use the fake finger to complete transactions on the PayPal app with its new fingerprint authentication feature. This is actually quite scary when you consider that lifting a fingerprint is actually quite easy.

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A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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