Apple's new iPhone 5S, which is a day away from being released, has been headlining numerous tech stories since it's announcement just over a week ago. However, unlike previous iPhone 'S' releases, this time around, much of the talk is about one particular new feature (rather than a debate over whether Apple has lost its ability to innovate...although there are plenty of stories about that, too). That feature is the TouchID fingerprint scanner, which has transformed the trademark iPhone home button into a security measure.
Undoubtedly, many stories will be written about the efficacy of TouchID once people actually get their hands on Apple's new device, but a couple of researchers (Nick Depetrillo and Robert Graham) are already fairly confident that the new feature is pretty secure. So confident, in fact, that they've launced a site called ISTouchIDHackedYet.com, with a crowdfunded reward up for grabs for anyone who can demonstrate, via video, a successful unlock using the user's fingerprint. To do so, they must be able to lift the fingerprint from any surface, reproduce it, and unlock the user's iPhone. As of last night, the bounty has risen to about $2500.
"Given what Depetrillo describes as Apple's thoughtful implementation of its fingerprint reader, he says he's not sure whether IsTouchIDHackedYet.com's bounty will ever grow large enough to incentivize a hacker to find and reveal a successful attack against it...'Nothin is hack proof,' admits Depetrillo. 'I honestly don't know if someone will claim it...If they do, I'll be pleasantly surpised.'
Forbes has the full report
. What do you think?