IPhone X Face ID Fooled With A $150 Mask, Should You Worry?

iPhone X's Face ID gets conned by mask

The security researchers say they only unlocked the iPhone X with a real person's face, so the iPhone could not learn false data from the mask. The trouble with facial recognition is that too many humans have defining characteristics that can not be dissected by a machine-we look too similar.

"Potential targets shall not be regular users, but billionaires, leaders of major corporations, nation leaders, and agents like Federal Bureau of Investigation need to understand the Face ID's issue".

Bkav made a silicone nose and printed 2D images for the eyes to complete the 3D printed mask, which it says could be replicated by knowledgeable hackers with access to 3D scanners.

Bkav has declined to explain why its efforts succeeded where others' did not-thus, it's unclear how the firm did it, or how momentous the "hack" really is. The company may have purposefully done a poor job setting up Face ID so it was easier to trick, which would discredit the results.

Prior to the Bkav video, Wired worked with Cloudflare to see if Face ID could be hacked through masks that appear far more sophisticated than the ones the Bkav hack depicts.

When Apple revealed the iPhone X way back in September, it declared there was a one in 1,000,000 chance its facial recognition software could be unlocked by the wrong person.

Apple declined to comment, referring to its Face ID security report for details.

The firm is launching its own facial recognition technology named ZoOm Login which provides ultra-secure face authentication by matching the user via recognition algorithms and verifying 3D liveness via AI.

Other than that, the eyes were represented with printed 2D images, with a little extra special processing done on the cheeks and other areas of the face where there are large areas of skin.

Apple's design chief Jony Ive said in an interview with Wallpaper that the iPhone X would get a lot of new features via software updates over the next year. Rather than strive for absolute realism, the team built its mask with the aim of tricking the depth-mapping technology. Face ID is even attention-aware. It only required roughly $150 excluding 3D printer to make this mask.

In 2008, Bkav was the first company in the world to show that face recognition was not an effective security measure for laptops when Toshiba, Lenovo and Asus used this technology for their products. The facial recognition is also disabled if the iPhone X hasn't been unlocked for more than two days.

"This seems like an unlikely sequence of events", Paul Norris, a systems engineer at security company Tripwire said.

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