Chaos Computer Club, a German hacking group, created a wave when a video uploaded by them showcased that the highly publicised Iris Recognition feature of Samsung Galaxy S8 can be fooled by just a laser printout of eyes. BerlinJan Kessler, a security researcher at CCC did all the legwork for this hack and duped the flagship smartphone.
The video shows, the Galaxy S8 is unlocked using a printed photo of the owner’s eye covered with a contact lens to replicate the curvature of a real eyeball. CCC spokesman, Dirk Engling, has gone on record saying that,”A high-resolution picture from the internet is enough to capture an iris.”
The fear of a hacker using this trick, to garner all the sensitive information of the device like Samsung Pay and passwords has increased. After the disastrous end of Galaxy Note 7 last year, S8 was pinned to be a game changer, and the recent performance has proved it, but with these fresh allegations, Samsung has testing times ahead. Engling admitted that the traditional PIN security system is still the best in business as biometric authentication is still not fully tested. Chaos Computer Club had also previously, successfully defeated the “Touch Id” feature of Apple’s iPhone.
Aware of the developments, Samsung Electronics has said to Forbes that “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 and prevent attempts to compromise its security.” Questions are being raised if this futuristic security feature is indeed secure or not.