US Government Is Using Apple’s Touch ID To Collect Fingerprints, Claims Anonymous

Anonymous, the international network of activists and hacktivists, have claimed that Apple’s new Touch ID introduced with iPhone 5S has actually been designed to help the US government in building a massive biometric database, Computerworld is reporting. The hackers have also released a video along with several documents to support their allegations.

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The hacktivists claim to have uncovered evidence of a “corrupt alliance” between the US government and some of its contractors. They have highlighted the fact that AuthenTec, the company behind Apple’s fingerprint identification technology, has strong ties to “the most powerful and corrupt Defense Department and Intelligence Community contractors and figures”.

“In brief, the claims the group make concerning Touch ID seem to focus on Authentec director, Robert E Grady, who appears to have been a prominent figure within the George Bush administration and (Anonymous claim) was connected with The Carlyle Group, which Anonymous also claim is a majority shareholder in Booz Allen Hamilton, the NSA contractor with which whistleblower Edward Snowden worked.

The group also claims Authentec was keen on Apple acquiring the company, thinking that as it adopted the biometric technology other firm’s would follow suit. This doesn’t ring true, by the way, as Apple is incredibly unlikely to license its new technology. It is possible other firms may attempt to emulate the tech.”

It must be noted that due to the nature of Anonymous, it is not easily possible to verify the source of these claims. According to the video (embedded below), the claims are based on previous investigations by state-silenced journalist Barrett Brown. The group has also linked to evidence in support of its claims hosted on Pastebin.

Also, the claim seems to fly against Apple’s stated promise that the fingerprints used by Touch ID are not stored in the cloud, but instead held inside a secure area hosted on the device itself. Take a look at the following video and decide for yourself:

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  • CMfly

    Meh, the US government already have obtained my finger prints the first time I flew to their country they had me scan my entire hand.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Gary

    Same for anyone who is enrolled in the NEXUS program.

  • FragilityG4

    Anonymous is a stupid.

  • HelloCDN

    I don’t care, had to give my fingerprints to UK, Canada and US governments anyway to get the visas.
    I’m more curious to see the investigation on what Google’s doing with all info. Somehow everyone’s passing on that…

  • smackza

    Oh anonymous, you clueless bunch of fuktards…

  • David

    in other news, 9/11 was an inside job.

  • Patrick Holt

    They also claimed to be on the verge of getting that Rob Ford video out….must have missed it.

  • SephoraBaby

    Learn proper grammar before commenting..

  • FragilityG4

    Actually it is not a matter of me knowing or not knowing proper grammar in this case. Lack of proofreading is what contributed to my sub par post.
    The ‘a’ should have been deleted.

  • evilaspen

    Hey here is an idea. Don’t be a criminal.

  • evilaspen

    I think its funnier you think they are a stupid. ;)

  • FragilityG4

    I have to admit when I read it again I did laugh! At the statement and myself :)