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Friday 19 September 2014

Video: Apple iPhone 5s unlocked by nipple

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5c and 5s in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks on stage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5c and 5s in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Gad Harari aged 17, from London, sits in his plastic greenhouse which is the only shelter for himself as he waits to buy the new iPhone in Regent Street central London, which goes on sale in the UK this coming Friday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Gad Harari aged 17, from London, sits in his plastic greenhouse which is the only shelter for himself as he waits to buy the new iPhone in Regent Street central London, which goes on sale in the UK this coming Friday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Apple representatives demonstrate the new iPhone 5s during a new product announcement at Apple headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Cupertino, Calif. Apples latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, one made of plastic and the other that aims to be the gold standard of smartphones and reads your fingerprint.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Apple representatives demonstrate the new iPhone 5s during a new product announcement at Apple headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Cupertino, Calif. Apples latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, one made of plastic and the other that aims to be the gold standard of smartphones and reads your fingerprint. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Out of all of the features introduced by Apple’s new iPhone 5s, it’s the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that has got the most attention.

And despite the serious implications that Apple-led biometrics have for the security industry, what users have really been enjoying is the sensors open-ness to accepting ‘fingerprints’ of various kinds.

The latest Touch ID hack suggests that the 5s can even be taught to recognise nipples. The video (below) comes from Japanese news sites Rocket News and shows a man registering the impression of his nipple with the handset and successfully unlocking the device with it. A second individual fails to unlock the device with his unregistered nipple.

These sorts of unlocks are becoming a subgenre in their own right: there’s been video examples using a cat’s pawone with a dog’s paw and another from the same Japanese group using a toe.

Although these would certainly be unusual ways to secure your new iPhone, they don’t represent a breach of security as in each case the smartphone is seen rejecting the same body parts from other people.

However, there might be more serious implications for Apple with the news that the Chaos Computer Club, a respected hacker group from Germany, has cracked Touch ID by lifting fingerprints left on a glass bottle, photographing this trace with a high resolution camera and using this file to print a duplicate latex finger.

Apple has yet to issue any response to the news and it’s uncertain how seriously they will take this apparent security breach. Although fingerprint authorization can be duped by collecting copies of an individual's prints, Touch ID will still offer a legitimate deterrent to thieves. This remains true whether users choose to secure their smartphone with their fingerprint or their nipple.

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