The Samsung Galaxy S5, latest flagship device from Samsung has many new unique features like the heart beat sensor and finger print scanner. Recently we have seen that Paypal app with fingerprint authentication was available on the Galaxy S5 that gives the option of logging in to their account to shop with PayPal. This feature was available across 25 different countries and this option was available on the Samsung Gear Fit and Samsung Gear 2 devices also. Now reports claim that the Galaxy S5 holders handsets and their PayPal accounts are been hacked making it prone to danger.
A German-language security blog H Security noted as SRLabs has posted a video that shows how can the Galaxy S5 finger print scanner can be spoofed using a lifted print. The video shows that a dummy finger print can give you the access to Galaxy S5 device and later high sensitive apps like the PayPay can be accessed. We have seen the similar kind of hacking was done on the iPhone 5s finger print scanner but iPhone provided a lock screen that user need to cross before using the fingerprint scanner proving more security and this password will be used if the user reboots their device, but the Galaxy S5 lacks this extra layer of protection which is very important considering the scenario.
Samsung uses just the finger print to identify the user and give them the access ever after a reboot, so users can access their PayPal account also with the same finger print swipe making it a risky thing. Samsung should have proving the extra layer of password for accessing the device. Let us wait and see what Samsung has in it stores as it did not respond yet about this hacking.
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