Apple FaceID Tricked With $150 Mask

iPhone X's Face ID gets conned by mask

Security Firm Claims to have Cracked iPhoneX's FaceID System

A team of researchers from Vietnam claim to have, by the use of a 3D-printed mask that is composited, bested the face ID system of authentication installed by Apple in their latest release, the iPhone X. The researchers stated in their report that a face recognition system is not sophisticated enough to guarantee the security of smartphones. It has a handsome bezel-less OLED display, Face ID, wireless charging, augmented reality, a powerful A11 Bionic processor, Portrait Lighting, and many other features.

Now, a group of hackers reported that the iPhone X's FaceID system is no longer viable.

The 3D printed mask, which also has silicone features and 2D images pasted onto it, was used to thwart Apple's Face ID phone unlock system, a new feature incorporated into the iPhone X to supposedly provide a more convenient unlock option than the current fingerprint and password options. Bkav used $150 in supplies and created the mask in about five days. "We were able to trick Apple's AI...because we understood how their AI worked and how to bypass it". 'It will not affect the truth that Apple Face ID is not an effective security measure'.

Parts of the mask such as the nose and skin had to be created by hand to fool Face ID, so the hacking technique needs additional skills as well as specialist knowledge.

Without further testing it's not possible to corroborate this claim, but given that both these methods require a back-up PIN or password you might be best off skipping biometric security altogether if the contents of your iPhone are that sensitive. However, we knew about this "learning", thus, to give a more persuasive result, we applied the strict rule of "absolutely no passcode" when crafting the mask.

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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. "Exploitation is hard for normal users, but simple for professional ones".

The mother, Sana Sherwani, and the son, Ammar, realized the Face ID could be fooled shortly after purchasing the device, Attaullah Malik, the father of Ammar, said in a LinkedIn post.

As you can see in the video, Attaullah Malik and Sana Sherwani showed that their son - Ammar Malik - was able to unlock an iPhone with just his face.

Cybersecurity experts said the issue was not so much whether Face ID could be hacked, but how much effort a hack required.

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