Hacking Rhetoric

Red Group: Weekly Blog 2


            I found the article in class today about new iPhone technology containing a biometric fingerprint system really interesting. This is probably because I use the biometric system on a daily basis to clock in and out of work since I work for a pretty large company. However, I am wondering how Apple is going to make sure their biometric system is high quality, considering the system I use at work, quite frequently rejects my fingerprint. This seemed to be a worry of security technologist, Bruce Schneier, as well when he stated, “Failures will be more common in cold weather, when your shriveled fingers just got out of the shower, and so on. But there will certainly still be the traditional PIN system to fall back on.”

            I have read all the buzz on Twitter and Facebook concerning the new iPhone and many people have expressed their concerns for their fingerprint security, while others think it’s the coolest thing ever invented. If this is a major concern for Apple iPhone users, I wonder what Apple will do to prove that their data is safe from hackers.  


2 thoughts on “Red Group: Weekly Blog 2

  1. I thought that this article definitely brought up some interesting points about the risks of biometric fingerprint system. The fact that you have a biometric system at your work and weren’t able to clock in frequently is crazy and makes me think that a similar system on a cell phone may not be a good idea. Maybe the biometric system on the iPhone will be a little more reliable, and the pin code fall back is definitely necessary, but the fingerprint security is a huge problem that I hope Apple can address.

  2. I too felt pretty concerned about the safety ramifications that comes with implementing fingerprint recognition in the new iPhones. But after researching the details of how the fingerprint is stored, I found more specific information on Apple’s website. They say “All fingerprint information is encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Enclave inside the A7 chip on the iPhone 5s: it’s never stored on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud.” Although this makes me feel much better about the safety of this new technology, your fingerprint probably isn’t 100% secure. Someone could still decrypt your fingerprint from the A7 chip if they got access to your physical phone. But like we said in class, if someone is going through that much effort to get your fingerprint, you have bigger concerns on your hands.


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