Samsung Galaxy S8’s Iris Scanner Can Be Hacked In Three Simple Steps
Perhaps you have ever wondered why mobile phone manufacturers always add technology, which can
be broken afterwards someone easily. And because he does not understand that, the Starbug is
the time with the iris scanner from the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Considering how even the capital of the strongest country on the planet isn’t safe from the shenanigans of hackers, the security of our humble smartphones seem like a lost case! While Samsung claims that their iris scan technology on S8 is “fool proof,” a security researcher at the Chaos Computer Club, Berlin has shown otherwise.
Jan “Starbug” Krissler has proved that the new iris scanner is very easy to trick as he pulled off the hack using a camera, a contact lens, and a printer. Using a Sony digital camera’s night mode, he captured his friend’s eye. Night mode allows one to capture the iris pattern of darker eyes with ease since it removes the infrared filter. Then he printed the life-size image of the snap using a Samsung printer and glued a contact lens to the picture to provide depth. And just like that the Galaxy S8 iris scanner was tricked as it couldn’t differentiate between the art project and the phone owner’s actual eye and gave full access to the phone, including Samsung Pay.
The whole process is illustrated in the video below:
Not so fool proof now is it? But it is to be noted that a hacker would have to go through a series of super risky operations to hack through this loophole. First of all, he will have to take a snap of your iris very closely and then test out different types of printers to get the best result. Given there are a dozen more convenient ways to hack a phone, such as tricking the fingerprint scanner and swindling the facial recognition software, no hacker would be tapping into the iris bust anytime soon.