IPhone X's Face ID gets conned by mask

Apple CEO Tim Cook holds an iPad during a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino California

Apple CEO Tim Cook holds an iPad during a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino California

The video shows that this proof of concept works.

A week after the iPhone X officially went on sale, the Vietnamese company Bkav have proven that facial recognition is not an effective security measure. And Face ID was not able to distinguish between the two.

But for police forces executing a particularly valuable search warrant, for example, it could be possible to secretly scan a suspect's face, make a mask, and then catch him unawares. Turns out they've found success using a strange-looking 3D-printed mask. Without clearer video or seeing the experiment replicated, it's tough to know whether it's a genuine break-in. Probably not. As Bkav explained in their blog post, "It is quite hard to make the "correct" mask without certain knowledge of security". Contradictory to this, the security firm claims that it was able to bypass the Apple's AI and Face ID security as it understands how the AI functionality works. To the 3-D frame, researchers added a silicone layer to resemble skin, areas of "special processing" along the forehead, and 2-D images of the subject's eyes and mouth.

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Such sophisticated means to spoof the iPhone X Face ID means that regular iPhone X users would most likely not be the targets. Apple claims that the Face ID is the pretty secure and hardly one in a million can gain access to your phone by bypassing the same. In case of Apple iPhone X, for the first time, a majority of users have indicated preference for the highest storage models with over 57% opting for the 256GB model. Other slightly more esoteric known vulnerabilities include having the phone unlocked by an identical or near-identical twin.

ANZ NZ head of digital and transformation Liz Maguire said: "iPhone Face ID is fantastic technology that will transform the way iPhone X users access online services - including mobile banking". But if you've got the nuclear codes, Bkav has provided slightly more evidence you shouldn't rely on face-based security. "It was even simpler than we ourselves had thought", Bkav said.

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