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.
“It was the first one I tried and it worked immediately on the S5.” Continue reading
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With the launch of Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, we have an opportunity to draw comparisons between the device and its rival Apple iPhone 5S.
To give a better perspective on the two devices, we compiled a list of standout features of the two smartphones.
Design and Build Quality:
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Galaxy S5 comes with the same rectangular bar shape with plastic (Polycarbonate) body, like its predecessors but one major improvement is that it boasts an enviable water-resistant certification and its perforated rear-cover offers a good grip to hold on to the phone.
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