Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S10 has a shocking flaw that could allow anyone to unlock the screen and access your personal data.
The issue was first discovered by a British couple who found any thumbprint could allow access to the device once a screen protector was fitted.
Speaking to The Sun, Lisa Neilson said: “This means that if anyone got hold of my phone they can access it and within moments could be into the financial apps and be transferring funds.
“It’s a real concern.”
The £2.70 screen cover was purchased on eBay with the glitch present on more than one device.
Samsung has now confirmed there is a problem and it’s working on a fix with the firm saying it was “aware of the case of S10’s malfunctioning fingerprint recognition and will soon issue a software patch”.
The Galaxy S10 has a new type of sensor which now sits under the display rather than being placed on the rear of the device.
This “revolutionary” upgrade uses ultrasound to detect and match the fingerprint to the user.
However, it seems some screen protectors can interfere with this technology and cause this worrying glitch.
The problem is so bad that South Korea’s KaKao Bank, which is an online only service, has told customers to switch off the fingerprint-recognition immediately until the issue is fixed.
There’s no word on how quickly Samsung will push out the fix but expect more news soon.
Many manufacturers including Huawei, OnePlus and Samsung are all opting for these new type of embedded security scanners which sit beneath the screen.
OnePlus and Huawei use a different optical technology to Samsung and it seems this is why they haven’t been hit by the same bug.
In fact, only Apple and Google have moved away from using fingerprints to unlock the displays with these two US firms now choosing facial recognition instead.
Face scanning is thought to be an even more secure way of keeping a device safe with Apple boasting that the probability of a random person in the population could look at your iPhone or iPad Pro and unlock it using Face ID is approximately 1 in 1,000,000.
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