The iPhone 5S may have only gone on sale on Friday, but hackers have already claimed to have circumvented its much-vaunted fingerprint scanner.

Touch ID was touted by Apple as a ‘convenient and highly secure’ way to access and lock its latest smartphone, but those claims have been cast into doubt by German hackers.

The Chaos Computer Club said it had bypassed the fingerprint scanner by ‘using easy everyday means’.

It conceded Touch ID had a higher-resolution scanner than other devices, but that all was needed to counter it was an equally high resolution photo of someone’s fingerprint, in this case taken from a glass surface.

This scan was then used to create a thin latex sheet that served as the fake to access a user’s iPhone 5S.

The CCC has posted a video online showing the ‘defeat’, although it does not show the hackers copying another person’s fingerprint.

‘We hope that this finally puts to rest the illusions people have about fingerprint biometrics. It is plain stupid to use something that you can’t change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token,’ said Frank Rieger, spokesperson for the CCC.

‘The public should no longer be fooled by the biometrics industry with false security claims. Biometrics is fundamentally a technology designed for oppression and control, not for securing everyday device access.’

Apple is yet to comment on the apparent hack. It is already contending with two separate glitchesrelated to its new operating system iOS 7.

source:  metro UK