New iPhone Sells 9 Million Despite Security Fears

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The new iPhone 5s and 5c has outstripped all other Apple sales. The company stated that sales had topped all previous newly released purchases, reaching nine million in just a few days.

Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, said:

“The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5S, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly.”

He would further comment about the over stretch in demand:

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”

The initial success of sales saw a spike in Apple shares with them rising by 6%. Jeff Kagan, a telecom analyst, would note that this was a demand that was specially created by Apple’s successful branding of the iPhone 5:

“Apple was concerned about the public relations angle of a soft first weekend, so they took some steps to strengthen the numbers.”

This was achieved by ending the online ordering service that had previously existed, he also stated:

“This year anyone who wanted a new iPhone must get into line. That bolstered the lines and strengthened [the] opening weekend from a PR perspective. This upset users, but made for great numbers,”

Apple is confident that sales will bring them a fourth quarter profit of $34bn to $37bn, with expectations that the high end figure will be reached.

Despite the success of the new range of iPhone models, concern has been raised about the biometric security of on the 5s.  On its release, the finger print technology was hailed as impenetrable, but even before it had officially went on sale hackers were offering rewards to anyone that could  breach the system.

Now a group of German hackers has claimed that they have fooled the complicated security on the phone.  The group who call themselves the Chaos Computing Club posted on their website, a statement in which they claimed to have bypassed the fingerprint security system.  They said this was achieved by “using easy everyday means”.  If the claim is true, it took the CCC just two days to hack the billion dollar technology. Their webpage stated that:

“A fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, was enough to create a fake finger that could unlock an iPhone 5s secured with TouchID. This demonstrates – again – that fingerprint biometrics is unsuitable as access control method and should be avoided.”

Starbug, a hacker with the group, said. “Fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints.”

The procedure included taking a high resolution picture of a fingerprint on the phone screen and creating a thin latex layer which can be place on the finger. Frank Rieger a spokesman for CCC said:

“We hope that this finally puts to rest the illusions people have about fingerprint biometrics. It is plain stupid to use something that you can’t change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token”

“The public should no longer be fooled by the biometrics industry with false security claims. Biometrics is fundamentally a technology designed for oppression and control, not for securing everyday device access.”

The claim by the CCC is being taken seriously in the hacker community.  Dino Dai Zovi, who co-authored, IOS’ Hackers Handbook, said “The CCC doesn’t fool around or over-hype, especially when they are trying to make a political point.”

There is no claim that the data system of the iPhone has been breached by the group, but just three days into the iPhone 5s’ release this must be an embarrassment to Apple.

By Clifford Peeples.

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