Can you hack an iPhone with Play-Doh?

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While iPhones are lauded for their security features, a mobile security firm demonstrated how a child’s toy could be used to hack an iPhone.

The method could likely be used on any smartphone with a fingerprint sensor, but the brief demonstration was conducted on an iPhone.

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How it works

Jason Chaikin, president of Vkansee, first created a mold of his fingerprint, then transferred that to a small piece of Play-Doh. The fingerprint replica was then placed on the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner, which unlocked with little effort.

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CNBC reports that while it is unlikely that criminals will take such efforts to break into smartphones, the demonstration highlights “the lack of sophistication in today’s biometric solutions.”

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Vkansee is working on a new kind of fingerprint sensor that would be more resistant to hacking and would also work when fingers are wet, which has been a common consumer complaint.

Apple did not respond to CNBC’s request for a comment, but according to security information from Apple’s website, Touch ID allows only five unsuccessful fingerprint match attempts before a passcode is required to unlock the phone.

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