As Apple's new iPhone 5S officially goes on sale, the hacker community is wasting no time at taking a crack at the phone's latest security feature: Apple's Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor embedded in the iPhone 5S home button.
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Two security experts Nick Depetrillo and Robert David Graham have launched a website that lets people know if the sensor has been cracked yet. While bragging rights and message-board fame are certainly a big enough incentive for the first person to successfully hack it, there's an even bigger prize. The website has collected a $16,000 bounty for the winning hacker who lifts fingerprints, say from a beer mug, to crack the system.
"Hackers had used gummy bears to lift fingerprint sensors a while back," Graham told ABC News. "We are arguing that it is a lot harder. We are all offering money, betting that it is going to be hard. We are betting that no one tomorrow is going to grab a gummy bear and get through tomorrow."
People from the security and hacking community have contributed to the bounty by tweeting their contributions with the hashtag #istouchidhackedyet. Besides many cash donations of $50 and $100, the bounty also includes bottles of booze, Bitcoins, a lock picking tool and a "dirty sex book." Venture capital firm I/O Capital Partners sweetened the pot with a monster donation of $10,000.