Hackers Stealing Fingerprints from Photos: Copycat Prints Used to Fool Security Systems Hackers have already proved they can bypass Apple’s fingerprint scanner using a collection of household items to make a latex replica print. And now, one expert has recreated the fingerprints of Germany’s Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen, using just a photo of her. The security researcher known as Starbug, used publicly available software called VeriFinger with photos of the finger taken from different angles. Starbug, whose real name is Jan Krissler, told attendees of the Chaos Computer Club’s (CCC) 31st annual congress in Hamburg, Germany, how he achieved the hack. Mr Krissler obtained a high-resolution photograph of the politician’s thumb using a ‘standard photo camera’ during a press conference.