Yesterday, Samsung was left befuddled by the claims made by Chaos Computer Club, a german hacking group regarding Samsung Galaxy S8 that its iris recognition system can be fooled by simple measures. Today, in an attempt to clear its position a spokesperson of Samsung said to The Korean Herald,”Although the one minute video appears simple, it is hard to see that happening in real life. You need a camera that can capture infrared light, which is no longer avilable in the market . Also, you need to take a photo of the owner’s iris and steal his smartphone which is a difficult scenario to happen in reality.”
This change of stance of the Tech-giant comes as a surprise, as in its previous statement Samsung had said ,” The company is investigating the claims being made, the iris scanning technology in the Galaxy S8 has been developed through rigorous testing to provide a high level of accuracy.” The new stance of Samsung can be attributed to the fact that it has spent a considerable amount of time and resource on this ambitious phone and technology, therefore sulking in the controversy will etch a negative value of the brand.
Albeit, going by the previous statement of Samsung Electronics, it seems that investigating the vulnerability in iris recognition seems to be the best bet, as this loophole if exploited, can leave the consumers in deep waters. Meanwhile, the company is maintaning its position that Iris Recognition is safe and secure for digital payments like Samsung pay.