Security Firm Claims to Have Tricked iPhone X Face ID with a Mask
One of the selling points of Apple’s thousand dollar iPhone X is the groundbreaking facial recognition system. In order to make room for the near-bezel-less design of the new smartphone, Apple removed the home button from the iPhone X. Of course, without the home button, Touch ID is no more. However, Apple replaced this with Face ID which allows users to unlock their new iPhone simply by looking at it. In addition to feeling a bit more futuristic than Touch ID, Apple claims that Face ID is more secure than fingerprint scanners.
However, there are reasons to be wary of Apple’s claims. Bkav Corporation, a security firm, claims to have fooled Apple’s Face ID by creating a 3D printed mask of the face of the phone’s owner.
“Everything went much more easily than you expect, the firm’s advisory read. “You can try it out with your own iPhone X, the phone shall recognize you even when you cover a half of your face.”
“It means the recognition mechanism is not as strict as you think, Apple seems to rely too much on Face ID’s AI. We just need a half face to create the mask. It was even simpler than we ourselves had thought.”
The mask didn’t cost much to make either. The company estimates that they spent about $150 on the facial mask.
Despite the low cost of this trick, it likely isn’t something that everyday users need to concern themselves with. After all, hackers won’t go through the trouble of creating a mask just to break into a random stranger’s iPhone. However, the firm did warn that law enforcement and intelligence agencies should be wary of placing too much trust in Apple’s AI.
“With Face ID’s being beaten by our mask, FBI, CIA, country leaders, leaders of major corporations, etc are the ones that need to know about the issue, because their devices are worth illegal unlock attempts. Exploitation is difficult for normal users, but simple for professional ones”
A demonstration of the technique can be seen below:
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