The researchers were able to use the mould to access PayPal’s app
The fingerprint sensor on Samsung’s Galaxy S5 handset has been hacked less than a week after the device went on sale.
Berlin-based Security Research Labs fooled the equipment using a mould it had previously created to spoof the sensor on Apple’s iPhone 5S.
The researchers said they were concerned that thieves could exploit the flaw in Samsung’s device to trigger money transfers via PayPal.
The payments firm played down the risk.
“While we take the findings from Security Research Labs [SRL] very seriously, we are still confident that fingerprint authentication offers an easier and more secure way to pay on mobile devices than passwords or credit cards,” it said.
It added that even if users were hacked it would cover their losses.
A spokesman for Samsung was unable to comment.
SRL created its hack by lifting a real fingerprint from a smartphone screen and then carrying out a fairly elaborate process to create a mould out of glue and graphite spray. This was then swiped across the sensor that sits in the phone’s home button.
“The fingerprint mould was actually one I made for the Apple device back in September,” project manager Ben Schlabs told the BBC.
“All I had to do was take it out of the reject pile as it wasn’t one of the ones that ended up working on the iPhone 5S for whatever reason.
NEW DELHI: A “critical flaw” has been detected in the virtual private network offered by Android operating systems in the Indian cyberspace leading to “hijack” of personal data of users.
Internet security sleuths have alerted consumers of this web-based service to guard against the spread of this virus which affects computer systems and mobile phones using the Android system.
The suspicious activity has been noticed in two Android versions: 4.3 known as ‘Jelly Bean’ and the latest version 4.4 called ‘KitKat’.
“A critical flaw has been reported in Android’s (virtual private network) VPN implementation, affecting Android version 4.3 and 4.4 which could allow an attacker to bypass active VPN configuration to redirect secure VPN communications to a third party server or disclose or hijack unencrypted communications,” the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) said in a latest advisory to users of this network. Continue reading →
Motorola Moto G – DVX/XT1032, the latest and cheapest smartphone announced from Google. This smartphone is coming in 8GB and 16GB internal memory option. Will be available worldwide soon with a cheap price tag. Google just announced the phone and various retailers started taking pre-orders.
Moto G is a Google Android phone with 4.5″ 720p TFT LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB RAM. Comes with a 5MP back camera and a 1.3MP front facing secondary camera for video call and a whopping 2,070 mAh battery. Well, Moto G is coming with a non-removable battery and no option to extend the storage. Like recently released Nexus 5 and other Google Nexus phones. Will be available in 6 different color.
Pre-Order Moto G
There are plenty option to buy the Moto G from online and instore retailers from high street stores. Amazon UK has priced the Moto G 8GB for £135.00, which is 10% off to its normal price. They are taking pre-order for the 16 GB version for £159.99. This item is sold and dispatched by Amazon itself, no marketplace seller or 3rd party at the moment. Continue reading →
The physical design of the SmartWatch 2 closely resembles that of its predecessor, sporting the familiar aluminum body known for being dust and water resistant. This means that users should remain calm in the event of a rainstorm; although it won’t withstand going for a swim.
When paired with a smartphone the watch offers the ability to answer calls, take pictures, browse Facebook and Twitter feeds, and remotely check emails and text messages. Its capabilities can be taken even further by downloading one of several mobile apps. For example, the SmartWatch 2 can double as a fitness tracker if accompanied by an app such as Runtastic.There are currently over 200 apps exclusively being offered for the product, and an open API means that developers can churn out even more.
To make these tasks easier than ever before, Sony has upgraded the screen from 1.3-inches to a more convenient 1.6-inch, 220×176 pixel display. With so much versatility, the company has high hopes for the new product. “Combining form and function in a sleek design, it serves as a multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control, all-in-one,” reads the press release. Continue reading →
Google has finally announce the long-rumored Nexus tablet at Google I/O. It looks pretty neat, has reasonably good specs and an excellent starting price. We’ve got everything you need to know right after the jump!
The news comes straight from the Google I/O keynote in which they discuss what the tablet means for Google and ASUS, developers and consumers and, of course, the tablet’s specifications, pricing and availability.
Let’s talk about the specifications first;
In line with previous rumors, the tablet features a 7-inch display with a not-so-surprising HD resolution of 1280×800. It uses IPS display technology which is just geek-speak for “great colors” and “wide viewing angles” but, because of its resolution, not necessarily the greatest sharpness (that award goes to the new iPad with its 2048×1536 display). Continue reading →
Apple to launch smaller and cheaper machine that could be on shelves this autumn
Smaller cheaper machine to launch ‘soon’ claim factory sources
Screen between 7 and 8 inches
Built to compete with cheap rivals such as Google’s £159 Nexus 7
Sources in Apple’s supply chain claim tablet is already in production
Earlier leaks hinted tablet would be on sale later this year
Launch will go directly against Apple founder Steve Jobs wishes
Apple is notoriously secretive about its technical innovations and rumours of the smaller tablet are said to have originated from the Far East, where many of the company’s devices are manufactured.
They were reported by Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, which quoted several unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain. A UK spokesman last night said: ‘Apple does not comment on rumour or speculation.’ Continue reading →
Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S III. If the iPhone is the manna of Apple lovers, then Samsung’s flagship handset is the equivalent for Android lovers. The numbers speak for themselves: The electronics giant has broken Nokia’s grip on the mobile market, and with 44.5 million smartphones shipped in Q1 2012 alone, the company is now the number one global smartphone maker.
At its launch event in London, Samsung finally took the wraps off its smartphone, while also finally confirming that the handset–frequently referred to in the company’s marketing materials as the “next Galaxy smartphone”–would be called the Samsung Galaxy S III. Continue reading →
“Come and meet the next Galaxy,” teases Samsung in an invite to a London media event transpiring this afternoon, where the company’s expected to unveil its flagship Galaxy series three-quel, the Galaxy S III. No one’s sure exactly what to expect, though tech blogs have been trotting out the usual wish-lists: smaller, more durable, more storage, better specs, and so forth. But the pressure’s on: Samsung led the world for the first time in 1Q2012 smartphone sales, dethroning Nokia, and it’s sold over 20 million of its Galaxy S II since that phone — the market’s most visible iPhone rival — launched in April 2011. Like an Apple product announcement event, expectations are stratospheric for whatever Samsung has up its sleeve. Continue reading →
Just found this app and I feel you might as well find it very handy.
It is the DSTV Programme E-Guide for Android.
With this App, you can;
Set reminders on your Android device for any show, movie or sporting event.
. View the guide for the next 10 days
. Sort your channels accordingly to country, genre, DStv bouquet or your selected favorite channels.
. Set reminders for events on your Android device.
. Fully searchable guide. Continue reading →
Fans of the “Angry Birds”, can have less to worry as the latest installment of this very popular game, “Angry Birds Space,” is now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, as well as the Mac and PC.
The new version brings several important changes, most importantly gravity, which will allow players to use nearby planets to perform trick shots on unsuspecting pigs.
The game has 60 levels, with more content available through in-app purchases (only in the iOS version for now). The game includes hidden goodies and secret levels, and Rovio promises regular free updates for the future.
Owners of Apple’s new iPad will be glad to know that the game supports the new Retina display as well.
You can get the iPhone, iPad, PC and Android version by Clicking Here