For more than a century, it’s been possible to lift fingerprints from a physical surface, like a drinking glass. Now a group of hackers is saying they can copy fingerprints from photographs.

According to the Chaos Computer Club — the same Berlin-based group that claimed it cracked Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor last year — it’s possible to replicate a thumbprint using only photos and commercially available software. Theoretically, identity thieves could break into iPhones or other biometrically protected technology using the method.

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