Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner Already Hacked

Alan Olson
May 24, 2017

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is a fantastic Android phone by just about any measure, but if there's one area where the new flagship could use some serious work it's in the biometric department.

The company reportedly said that "Samsung will introduce 2K resolution displays in the Galaxy S8, but it will use 4K resolution displays in the Galaxy Note 8 to realize improved virtual reality functions", as quoted by Business Korea.

The smartphone's iris scanner can easily be tricked with a few simple steps that can be done by amateurs.

With Samsung having announced integration of iris recognition authentication with its payment system, Samsung Pay, a successful attacker would also gain access to the owner's mobile wallet.

Sci-fi has told us that iris scans are so accurate you'd need to cut out someone's eyes to fool them. However, they shot the photo in night mode because the otherwise active infrared filter makes it harder to capture details of the iris. The iris scanner, like the fingerprint sensor, provides a second layer of biometric authentication to the device, helping in keeping information safe.

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However, security researchers in Germany have discovered the new iris scanner isn't almost as secure as one might expect. He gently lifts up the photograph so that it's vertical and facing the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is resting propped up against the vertical screen of his MacBook. One can use simple hacks to get around these methods, according to the group.

When held up to the Galaxy S8, the phone recognised the image as the eye of the person registered to the phone and unlocked it, the Guardian reported. The spoofing can even be achieved by using pictures of the owner's eye taken from social media, the group said.

However, it is pause for thought, if you're using the iris scanner to secure your Galaxy S8.

It's new Galaxy S8 smartphone has taken the world by storm with Samsung already thought to have secured a record number of pre-orders and early sales. However, while Samsung might believe that the iris scanner is the best for security, hackers think otherwise. The tech giant is selling the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on a buy one get one free deal, but this one is faster and includes more free stuff as compared to T-Mobile.

The team posted a video showing the S8 smartphone unlocking itself when it saw the false eye.

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