This is more sensationalistic than worrisome but it points out two obvious issues. Samsung copies Apple. Samsung’s copies are not as good as Apple’s originals. Zach Epstein on the problem with Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner.
The good news is that we have spent plenty of time testing it, and we’ve found that it works very well. The bad news, however, is that it has apparently already been hacked, leaving Galaxy S5 owners’ devices and their PayPal accounts at risk.
The fingerprint scanner on Samsung’s Galaxy S5 can easily be spoofed using a lifted print. In mere minutes, the group was able to create a “dummy finger” using an actual fingerprint to gain unauthorized access to the phone.
The same thing happened to Apple’s new Touch ID fingerprint sensor. What’s the difference?
With Apple’s Touch ID system, users are required to input their password one time before using a fingerprint for authentication. The password must be used again once each time the device is rebooted.
iPhone 5S users have one extra layer of security not found in the Galaxy S5.
On Samsung’s Galaxy S5 however, no password is needed to access the device. Even after a reboot, a simple swipe of a finger will unlock the phone. And what could be much more alarming is the fact that, even after a reboot, users don’t need a password to access PayPal and make payments through the app if it has been configured for fingerprint authentication.