A cyber security firm has claimed it has been able to trick the iPhone X's Face ID by using a specially crafted mask to deceive the technology. 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", the Bkav researchers write. The company says its recipe combines a handmade silicon nose that the company commissioned - it required unspecified tweaking before working - plus printouts from a 3D printer as well as two-dimensional printouts and handmade artwork, especially for the skin. Wired also reported on the Bkav hack, comparing its own efforts against what we can glean from the video.
The creation wasn't able to defeat Face ID at first, as other folks with the same idea have found. Researchers said it cost them merely $150 to create the mask that fooled the iPhone X Face ID.
Apple declined to comment on the controversy beyond a detailed statement on its website that noted Face ID's security features, which it said involved "some of the most advanced hardware and software that we've ever created".
It took them around a week's time, after they got their iPhone X on November 5, to come with their version of the Face ID bypass.
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Bkav researchers believe such a hack would be of use when attempting to break into the phones of billionaires, government officials, intelligence agents, CEOs, and other high-value targets.
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The cybersecurity company Bkav proved that Apple's face recognition technology is useless and users who purchased the new iPhone X should be more careful. It has been developing with the specific aim of fooling Face ID's depth-mapping technology. "On the inverse, if security is your priority, until more is tested against Face ID, I'd suggest using only a passcode, all the time". "If convenience is more important, Face ID may be your choice". Users can also remotely disable Face ID if they lose their iPhone. Bkav used a handheld scanner that took five minutes to work. "You can try it out with your own iPhone X, the phone shall recognise you even when you cover a half of your face", the hackers explained. "This seems like an unlikely sequence of events", Norris said.
The researchers had an artist make the silicone nose for the mask by hand.