The introduction of the blockchain-based Galaxy S10 from Samsung has been a major victory to the cryptocurrency community. Today, the announcement of 16 default cryptocurrencies was released, which included Binance Coin. However, as with every good trend, it looks like Samsung is getting some bad press with the recent news of having their smartphone hacked.
With the S10, Samsung stated that there would be a blockchain wallet used for the storage of private keys. However, a hacker named darkshark was revealed in an Imgur video, where he appeared to be able to get by the biometric security system implemented in the device, allowing him to unlock it.
The elaborate procedure showed darkshark getting through the fingerprint sensor, fooling it with a 3D model of a fingerprint, which only took 13 minutes to print out. The user stated that he took a picture of his own fingerprint from a wine glass with his smartphone to get access. While it took three reprints, the accurate print makes it possible to unlock the phone.
The hacker said that his ability to gain access to the smartphone through this method is highly worrisome. With that in mind, the hacker suggested that there is plenty of opportunities for anyone to get someone’s fingerprints and commit a crime with the phone. By stealing someone’s phone, darkshark points out that the user’s phone is already covered in the owner’s fingerprints. In just three minutes, it was easy to get into the device. Considering the many banking apps that now allow fingerprint verification to log in, the financial details involved are at risk.
Last month, the S10 came out with many impressive features, but the crypto wallet for the phone was only launched in the United States, Canada, and Korea, despite releasing the phone in 70 countries. The restrictions have not been well received by the excluded countries, though Samsung will release an update if other areas of the world are added.
If you click here, you will see the full story on how the hacker was able to do produce the 3d printed fingerprint.