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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Smartphone Maker Stored User Fingerprints Unencrypted

Smartphone Maker Stored User Fingerprints Unencrypted

Smartphone Maker Stored User Fingerprints Unencrypted

Added: Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Category: Geek Zone > Technology News
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
Security researchers found out that information, which could be used to clone user fingerprints, was stored by HTC as an unencrypted image file on its smartphones and could be stolen by rogue software or hackers.


Like many others, this discovery was presented at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. The security researchers showed how they managed to pull fingerprint images from the mobile device and see sufficient details. Moreover, it turned out that each time the fingerprint sensor is used, it refreshes that fingerprint bitmap in order to reflect the latest wiped finger. In other words, the intruders can collect the fingerprint image of every swipe of the victim.

It should be noted that HTC is not the only smartphone maker who fails to adequately secure users’ fingerprints: in fact, many manufacturers store them within secure parts of the smartphone’s processor and associated chips, which also have the vulnerabilities for attackers.

As for HTC, the company confirmed it is aware of the problem and explained that only the HTC One max is vulnerable, while other HTC devices are unaffected.

The same security experts found that the fingerprint sensors themselves can be vulnerable to attack, because most phone makers, including Samsung and HTC, don’t use the built-in security features of the ARM-based chips used by most devices. As a result, poor security allows software running on the device to steal data from the sensor and opens the door to further remote stealing of information.

Today smartphones are an increasingly important target for cyberattacks, as they contain a large amount of personal information while remaining relatively unsecure.

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Date:  Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-08-12 11:48:31)
No avatarLucky I use my foreskin to unlock mine

posted by (2015-08-12 13:54:30)
No avatarHas anyone hacked it yet?

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverGirlSun (2015-08-12 14:23:21)
frostycarver avatarAnd that why I still use my old nokia......unhackable & safer Our privacy is NON-EXISTENT, as long as you have a cyber trail. i.e facebook twitter, smartphones. It was only last year that the smartphone manufacturers had to admit to storing a microchip that allows them(or the authorities with warrants) to actually TURN ON ANY SMARTPHONE. As long as your battery is in ....they can remotely access on/off, listening to your calls OR listening to anyone whos talking to you NEAR your phone, reading ALL data;whether sent or received. This is just one more SECRET that they were keeping.

posted by Trusted UploaderET lovermenTurtle (2015-08-13 02:50:21)
SolarwindsX264 avatarToo Damn Funny!!!
mrbadabing, in vibrator mode right? LOL.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2015-08-13 20:40:28)
analogkid6103 avatarWhat was the thing called a smartphone? Whatever

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