In the meantime, we have yet more proof that cats control the tech world.
The crowdfunded Is Touch ID hacked yet? site is offering a series of bounties for the first person who can break Touch ID security by lifting prints from some other source, like a beer mug. Included among the prizes: Bitcoins of various denominations, cash payouts ranging from $23 to $10,000, assorted bottles of booze, a free patent application, and a "dirty sex book" (but, strangely, no catnip).
Basically people criticized the Touch ID sensor as being insecure, thinking it was a typical fingerprint sensor from five years ago. In reality it's a lot harder, and I was part of a vocal minority of security researchers who argued Apple did a good job.
I guess we'll find out. Personally I'm rooting for someone to hack it, just to find out what that dirty sex book is.
Unlock and load
Unfortunately, Apple didn't do such a good job with its old fashioned pass-code based lockscreen. Someone has already discovered a bug in iOS 7 that lets anyone bypass the iPhone's lockscreen to access someone else's photos, email, or social media accounts. (The Camera app has to be running before the screen locks, and Control Center has to be enabled for the lock screen.) Per Forbes, a soldier living in the Canary Islands discovered the vulnerability by playing around with the iPhone's alarm clock app. Amateur security sleuth Jose Rodriquez apparently specializes in finding security holes in Apple's lockscreen; this is the third one he's uncovered.
Apple has promised a fix for the lockscreen hole. No word yet on its attitude toward our feline friends.
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This article, "This iPhone security flaw may give you paws," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.