Apple FaceID Tricked With $150 Mask

Apple FaceID Tricked With $150 Mask

Apple's iPhone X now used the company's Face ID for security, the feature has replaced Touch ID and fingerprint sensors on Apple's iPhones.

In September, Apple unveiled Face ID during its iPhone X event, bragging that it couldn't be fooled by even Hollywood quality masks. They spent only about $150 to create a mask that unlocked a staffer's iPhone X. In a blog post, Vietnam-based Bkav said they didn't design the world's most realistic mask.

Apple has said in its white paper that the iPhone X Face ID analyzes only specific parts of your facial features.

Yet, "Apple's facial recognition was never meant to be a security measure for strong authentication", said Josh Mayfield, director of product marketing at FireMon.

Back in 2008, the first company to flaw the technology of face recognition was Bkav who with evidence bested the security of various laptops. To further test it, Sherwani tried registering her face again a few hours later, to replicate the indoor, nighttime lighting conditions in which she first set up her iPhone X. The problem returned; Ammar unlocked the phone on his third try this time.

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The researchers also think that their technique would require a detailed measurement or digital scan of the face of the target iPhone's owner. The mask was not created with a focus on realism.

Of course, such an elaborate hack is unlikely to cause sleepless nights for many iPhone X owners, but Bkav believes there are certain users who should be anxious about their findings.

Cybersecurity experts said the issue was not so much whether Face ID could be hacked, but how much effort a hack required. A stylus called the "Apple Pencil" was also reported to be in progress and is expected to launch along with the new tablet. If you are just a casual user, you need not worry.

Apple has worked with mask makers to make sure scenarios like these can't happen. In about a year, the iPhone X will be able to do things it can't do right now. The technology didn't even fall for well-lit photographs or other faces that had similar features.

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