This post was most recently updated on February 9th, 2019
No one would love an insecure smartphone. The issue of mobile security and protection is a big deal. Hardly had the galaxy s8 been released that we are already faced with issues of security. The Galaxy S8/s8+ Iris scanner hack happened so soon into the release date. This news came to bear by some German hackers.
Galaxy S8/s8+ Iris scanner hack: How it all Happened
A group of German experts in the field of cybersecurity Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has bypassed protection of the iris scanner in the Samsung Galaxy S8 using the owner’s eye photos and lenses.
The Galaxy S8, which was released for sale in April 2017, allows users to confirm purchases with Samsung Pay and pay by unlocking your smartphone with a camera pointing at the eye of the owner.
CCC hacker demonstrated that the system can be deceived by using eye pictures made in the night mode with a digital camera with a lens 200mm. Night mode allows you to catch more details on a photo of the iris, as it includes a snapshot of the infrared spectrum, explained hackers.
The picture was taken from a distance of five meters and printed on a laser printer. “Ironically, we got the best results on laser printers by Samsung. After printing the image of the iris attached a conventional contact lens, which gave the “eye” a bulk.
Hackers have commented that the iris scanner is a less reliable type of protection than the scanner skin patterns on the fingers. This is because people constantly “show” their eyes on the photos and videos. For the highest degree of security on the S8, Instead of the iris scanner, use the usual PIN-codes.
Update on the S8 Iris scanner hack: You can disable the following features from within your galaxy s8/s8+ in order to beef up security and privacy. This includes immunity against the iris photo camera lens hack.
Galaxy S8/s8+ Iris scanner hack: Video demonstration
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