Samsung Galaxy S8 iris scanner easily fooled by hackers

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When the makeshift eye was held up to the Samsung smartphone, the device unlocked as if the owner was looking into the iris scanner.

While alarming, it's common knowledge that iris scanners and fingerprint sensors can be spoofed by people determined enough to get what they want. According to the CCC, that's a mistake as it's disturbingly simple to create a "dummy eye".

The most significant advantage to using an iris scanner compared to face recognition is that ordinary photos normally can't fool it.

I should note that the image that's being printed doesn't appear to be from the same photo taken at the beginning of the video, or the previous screenshot above.

From there they printed out an image zoomed into the smartphone user's eye, somewhat ironically using a Samsung laser printer.

The same researcher who has now tricked Samsung's iris-based authentication system was also the one to bypass the iPhone's Touch ID fingerprint recognition system with a mold of a fingerprint. Dirk Engling, spokesperson for the CCC, said that traditional methods may be more secure. Starbug was able to demonstrate that a good digital camera with 200mm-lens at a distance of up to five meters (16.4 ft.) is sufficient to capture suitably good pictures to fool iris recognition systems.

Samsung claims the iris scanner on its Galaxy S8 flagship phone provides "airtight security", but that may not be the case. He gently lifts up the photograph so that it's vertical and facing the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is resting propped up against the vertical screen of his MacBook.

That's it. There's no requirement that you sign up both lines with T-Mobile, and the company is even throwing in a pair of Galaxy S8 Entertainment Kits for free.

But let's just assume this iris scanner trick is a last resort.

Princeton Identity is a recent spinoff from the USA research outfit SRI worldwide and is primarily funded by Samsung Ventures. Princeton Identity, Inc. has made this revolutionary way of biometric authentication by using infrared illumination to detect the involuted structures of the iris.

Nearly a decade ago, it managed to get hold of the fingerprint of then-interior minister Wolfgang Schäuble, now Germany's finance minister, from a glass that the minister used at an event.

In 2008, the group acquired and published the fingerprints of the German Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Schäuble in order to protest the inclusion of fingerprint data in biometric passports.

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