Experienced hackers know how to steal valuable fingerprint data out of your Android device.
Are you a fan of Android? Is your smartphone running on it? In that case – beware of hackers trying to steal your fingerprint data!
Many Android devices have fingerpint sensors, which were initially intended to provide you more safety of your personal data. However, is seems like these devices are actually more vulnerable than the ones that don’t have fingerprint recognition, since they are an easy target for experienced hackers. Security experts from FireEye spoke on the BlackHat convention in Las Vegas earlier this August and talked about the security issues such devices have and how hackers can steal the fingerprint data from them. The experts demonstrated how hackers use spying attacks, apps and backdoors on the sensors in order to collect your fingerprint data and then use it however they like. If your fingerprints get stolen, the thief can do some pretty nasty damage such as steal your identity, have full access to your money or even connect you with a criminal trial!
Such fingerprint stealing attacks can be carried out on all sorts of Android devices, which have fingerprint sensors. The security experts at FireEye demonstrated that Samsung Galaxy S 5 and HTC One Max were the easiest to hack into, but they also urged Huawei users to be cautious as well. What’s even more troubling is the fact that hackers can hack into not only mobile devices, but also into laptops and tablets, if they also have fingerprint recognition software installed. Fortunately, now that the security experts have addressed the flaws in the system the manufacturers can work on patching them up.
The experts’ advice to all of us is to use regularly updated devices and to install applications and update patches from trustworthy sources only.