Six-year old defeats Touch ID, racks up $250 Amazon bill

Six-year old defeats Touch ID, racks up $250 Amazon bill
Some six year old children are smart as a whip. Take Ashlynd Howell. Spotting her mother asleep on the couch, Ashlynd grabbed Mom's iPhone and manipulated her mother's thumb over Touch ID in order to unlock the device. Once she was able to get inside the handset, it was like Christmas for Ashlynd as she ordered several Pokemon related items from Amazon, valued at $250.

When Bethany Howell awoke from her nap, she was refreshed. She also was $250 poorer, which she noticed from a series of 13 order confirmations. Putting two and two together, Mom realized that it was her daughter behind the orders. Bethany was able to get her money back on four of the orders. Meanwhile, Ashlynd was happy to let her mom know that she placed these orders all by herself. Not only that, but the six-year old was proud and excited to tell her mother that everything she ordered was coming directly to the house.

You might think that having Touch ID or any fingerprint scanner on your phone would be enough to give you protection from someone ordering products on your dime without your knowledge. But you should never underestimate the mind of a child who is sharp as a tack, and who won't let anything stop her from buying Pokemon related products, not even a fingerprint scanner.

source: BGR



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't have kids but I'm going to start turning off Touch ID before I go to sleep from now on!

7. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Use your toe print instead.

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

you can seriously use anything, I had my top lip registered lol

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Your top lip? Seriously?! lmao

35. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yep, seriously bruh lol.

2. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Little devils lol.

5. ruscook

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 11, 2015

Please do not fall into the VERY poor practice of click bait headlines "Six-year old defeats Touch ID, racks up $250 Amazon bill". The child did NOT defeat Touch ID. They used it as intended - with the registered persons fingerprint. This is a parenting issue re: access to phones (and a relatively smart 6 year old) not a security breach per see.

8. KParks23

Posts: 736; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

1st off you can usually cancel items several hours after you order on Amazon. 2nd how smacked was this mom that her kid could take her hand and unlock her phone without waking up??

13. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

:) i mostly ignore articles like that but clicked on that one. Alan gotta make living by playing with words. He got a tap on the shoulder from his boss too.

28. cmdacos

Posts: 4326; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

He gained access to a fingerprint locked phone without using his own bio ID or pin code. He defeated it.

6. Behyjoon

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

With the iris scanner she couldn't do that, thus that's why Samsung is always ahead of Apple

9. iushnt

Posts: 3154; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Nice One

10. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

I tried using the iris scanner on my S7 and it doesn't work. Please help.

45. Behyjoon

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

iris scanner on S7, (Hah) That was a good joke. If you had one you would know that the S7 doesn't have iris scanner but maybe S8 would. I'm so eager and look forward to

31. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lol! Samsung wasn't the first with phones with iris scanners. Someone is always ahead with Samsung and Apple kid.

46. Behyjoon

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Yes Maybe you're right but the era of that one is finished!

11. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

This seems to be a case of a parent trying to get out of paying the money by claiming ignorance. I hope Apple pushes back and denies this deadbeats claim.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Did you not read either this article or the source article at BGR? Nowhere in either article does it say she filed a claim with Apple to have them cover the costs. In fact in the BGR article, she was able to return 4 of the items and the others, as she told her daughter, were coming from Santa, not Amazon. So where in the hell did you get that she blames Apple or is a deadbeat? Next time, read, comprehend, and THEN comment.

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Well said, @VZWUser76... You owned that clown, big time.

20. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Your ignorance is mind boggling. Where is Apple even mentioned in regards to the purchases? Next we'll have MXy defending Apple too......

36. CQuine unregistered

For a qualified engineer you really are a dumb retard... ...Tell us again how exactly you got your degree?

12. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

As they say, a fingerprint is a username and not a password in terms of security.

17. Tooluka

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

Because fingerprint is a login, not a password. It can be lifted and manipulated James Bond style easily, you can be coerced to open it and you can be legally ordered to open it. Not safe at all (though way safer than no password).

22. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I guess it is time add the feature to turn off the fingerprint scanner during the night and early hours.

25. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Great case for Samsung's iris scanner

26. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

until you hear the story of a kid opening their parents eyelid to get confirmation and parent not waking up :P

37. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

not possible read my comment. fingerprints are easy to falsify. If you leave a perfect fingerprint on the scanner you can just press a gummy bear onto it.

29. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

If that were my kid, there would be many many hours of extra chores, along with no access to electronics of any kind.

30. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Lol... Now I see the benefits of Iris Scanner over fingerprint

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