Think all your secrets are safely tucked away on your smartphone just because only your fingerprint can unlock it? Watch researchers from Michigan State University compromise a biometric fingerprint sensor with nothing more than a scanner, an off-the-shelf inkjet printer, and readily available conductive ink.

The hack is, of course, dependent on someone digitizing a good portion of your fingerprint. But if you think that can only happen in the movies, you should take a good look at your computer keyboard, laptop screen, or even your smartphone. Fingerprints are everywhere.

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As the FBI has recently learned, nothing is better at protecting the contents of your smartphone than a nice long passcode. And after watching this video, you might not want to put so much faith in your smartphone’s fingerprint sensor.

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