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Hackers now getting your fingerprints

Hackers now getting your fingerprints
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So you have a fancy new iPhone 6 or 5s. It comes with a cool fingerprint scanner to unlock your phone. It's faster than a passcode, but is it more secure? After all, instead of guessing or hacking your four digit passcode, a cybercriminal instead has to somehow duplicate your fingerprint, right?

That may be true, but it's a lot less difficult than you might imagine. On top of that, it's not like you can change your fingerprints like you could a password once it's stolen. I wrote about a hacker who proved he could bypass Apple TouchID using nothing but a regular photograph taken candidly of someone's thumb. I know, this sounds like crazy stuff that only happens in a spy movie.

Take a moment and watch this CBS News video. It discusses the vulnerabilities of fingerprints, or so-called "biometric identification."

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