Biometrics

Apple Touch ID tech explained as Galaxy S5 follows in fingerprints

Apple Touch ID tech explained as Galaxy S5 follows in fingerprints

Apple has further detailed the way security works in iOS, including how the Touch ID system handles keeping fingerprint data safe as biometrics come under renewed scrutiny following Samsung's Galaxy S5 launch. The new iOS security whitepaper, quietly released this week, covers multiple aspects of data safety across devices like the iPhone and iPad, but is likely to be most interesting for the Touch ID scanner details and insight into the so-called Secure Enclave where Apple locks up fingerprint information.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 case hints at release date and iPhone-style flash

Samsung Galaxy S5 case hints at release date and iPhone-style flash

Samsung has managed to keep the Galaxy S5 pretty much under-wraps ahead of its presumed MWC 2014 debut, but that hasn't stopped case manufacturers getting in on the action, with protection for the Android flagship already showing up in the wild. Spigen has been revealing what look to be some Galaxy S5 design cues, Android Community spotted, with a premature Amazon listing including both images and a release date, as well as raising questions about a potentially iPhone-style LED flash.

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Samsung biometric security acquisition scam prompts fraud investigation

Samsung biometric security acquisition scam prompts fraud investigation

Fake confirmations of Samsung buying a Swedish fingerprint biometrics company have prompted a fraud investigation, after a bogus press release claiming a $650m deal had gone ahead was released. According to the statement, put out on press distributor Cision earlier today, Samsung had acquired Fingerprint Cards in a fully cash deal; however, both Samsung and Fingerprint Cards denied any such deal had taken place, or even that talks had been underway. The scam pushed the Swedish company's stock price up by 50-percent, and prompted NASDAQ canceling a $24.6m trade.

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Android Touch ID alternative in early 2014 promises FIDO Alliance

Android Touch ID alternative in early 2014 promises FIDO Alliance

iPhone 5s-style fingerprint security could show up broadly on Android phones within six months, a consortium led by Google, PayPal and others claims, promising an open standard rather than Apple's locked-down Touch ID. Early attempts at Android biometrics on the Motorola ATRIX and others proved clunky, but a new generation of fingerprint scanning with "very low friction" to success is fast approaching, Michael Barrett of the FIDO Alliance told USA Today.

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iPhone 5s Touch ID tricked with fake fingerprint

iPhone 5s Touch ID tricked with fake fingerprint

Fame has its price, making you a bigger target than the kid down the street, as exemplified by this latest demonstration involving the newly released iPhone 5s and its much advertised fingerprint sensor. Hackers from Germany's Chaos Computing Club (CCC) have shown how they were able to deceive Apple's latest security feature into believing they're someone they're not.

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iPhone 5s Touch ID prompts US Senator security concerns

iPhone 5s Touch ID prompts US Senator security concerns

US Senator Al Franken has waded into controversy over Apple's Touch ID biometric system on the iPhone 5s, challenging the Cupertino firm to address his security concerns about stolen fingerprints and data privacy. In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook - in which he's quick to point out that he himself uses an iPhone - Senator Franken highlights the fact that fingerprints, unlike a password, cannot be changed by the individual. "You have only ten of them" the senator writes, "and you leave them on everything you touch; they are definitely not a secret." However, while the letter makes some reference to Apple's already public security measures, it also seems to confuse exactly which part of the finger Touch ID is assessing.

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