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Iphone Fingerprint Hacking

September 21, 2013


George Orwell warned us about more than just Big Brother.

Apple’s new iPhone 5S includes a creepy new fingerprint scan to unlock the phone so you can buy apps and other products. That’s right, the unsettling development of biometric identification has ambushed iphones which are now one of the most popular communications technologies in human history.

All of this is happening despite the fallout over Snowden's revelations about the NSA surveillance programs that are monitoring and collecting personal data from the communications of ordinary citizens.

Apple says that the fingerprint is only stored locally on the phone not on remote cloud servers..... However, it is not clear whether or not Apple may still have access to fingerprint data, or whether it is shared through any other systems, or could be hacked remotely or via the physical phone.

We now know that the NSA did have the capability of cracking smartphone encryption and hacking users ‘most sensitive’ data through backdoor technology. Whether fingerprint scans could be among the ‘exploitable’ identifying information the spy agency might target or collect remains to be seen.


“Fingerprints are not fool-proof and can be duplicated and as the usage of this technology increases, we can expect that duplication technology will improve as well.” Mark Rogers, of the firm Lookout, told the Daily Mail.

At this point, users should engage this latest tech update with extreme caution, though droves of fanatical first wave purchasers seems more likely.

It was revealed in April 2011 that the iPhone 4 was storing a hidden log of user location data as well as logging timestamps and other data, creating a big enough data picture for some serious privacy concerns. Apple, however, immediately downplayed the significance, just as it has with concerns over fingerprint scans and the iPhone 5, claiming that the log was only kept locally and never sent to Apple or used for tracking.

However, the recent NSA leaks on PRISM and other mass surveillance programs, which revealed collaboration between spy agencies and tech firms, including Microsoft, Google and Apple, give enough reason to be skeptical of such reassurances.


Critics have warned that thieves have already resorted to dismembering victims to use their body parts (FINGERS) to gain access to protected and encrypted areas, and that such shocking events would occur with widespread use of the iPhone 5.

It’s the kind of biometric backlash long-since featured in Hollywood films like Mission: Impossible or Minority Report, where the heroes borrow eyeballs and fingers to trick checkpoint scanners. Engineers have fought back by developing “life check” software that measures for pulse and perspiration in order to verify that the finger is on a living being. But those technologies can be defeated too, and immerse the user even more fully into the bioscanning environment – and philosophically intertwine biological life and technology even further, while increasing control.

‘Experts’ and ‘officials’ are increasingly claiming that passwords are too confusing and vulnerable, and thus will soon be chucked out the window. One voice joining that chorus is Regina Dugan, who has worked on high level projects for DARPA, Google and Motorola, and has now advocated using electronic tattoos and ingested, encrypted authentication pills that make the “whole body” a biometric password that can be used for online and physical verification.

The "powers that be" intend for the emerging future to be “secured” and based around authenticated and verified persons, places, things and transactions, backed up and controlled by biometric data.

Use of biometric data has been a long time coming. It was foundational to the Eugenics movement started in 1883 by Sir Francis Galton, first cousin to Charles Darwin, in turn a foundational figure in the rising paradigm of science-based public policy surrounding the popularization of the Theory of Natural Selection. Galton is also known for being the ‘father of biometrics,’ having founded the journal Biometrika. Galton tied fingerprints, hair samples, eye color and other identifying measurements of the human body (anthropometry) to the growing Eugenics movement.


Today’s neo-eugenics – where scientists are using techniques of artificial reproduction, genetic screening and genetic modification – is already ideologically married to a system that is increasingly using “smart” data to track and control user behavior.

Adapting consumers voluntarily through to technologies like the iPhone and to biometrics as a way of life is one small fingerprint forward for mankind....and one giant leap forward for the unfolding ‘brave new world order’ that threatens to swallow up what’s left of humanity's humanity.

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