Researchers claim they've hacked Apple's FaceID technology in a week

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New Delhi- Using a composite 3D-printed mask, a team of Vietnamese researchers claim to have fooled Apple's Face ID authentication system in "super-premium" iPhone X, stressing that face recognition is "not mature enough" to guarantee security for smartphones.

One of the advantages of Face ID on the iPhone X is that - according to Apple at least - it's very, very hard to fool, and the Cupertino brand says it's worked to stop masks fooling it.

Ngo Tuan Anh, Bkav's VP for Cyber Security explained that the mask was "specially crafted by combining 3D printing with makeup and 2D images", along with some "special processing on the cheeks and around the face, where there are large skin areas, to fool AI of Face ID".

Bkav Corporation, an tech security biz with offices in the U.S. and Singapore, specializes in bypassing facial-recognition systems, and set out to do the same with Face ID when it got hold of a $999 iPhone X earlier this month. The company published a blog post and video showing a "proof of concept" on how they broke into an iPhone X using a simple technique.

Like the previous question, this one is important to note based on how Face ID's algorithm learns.

The creation wasn't able to defeat Face ID at first, as other folks with the same idea have found.




Face ID has to be used about every four hours, or else it'll prompt the person to enter a password.

"So, it's easy to make the mask and beat Face ID."

We also still don't know how legitimate Bkav's claims really are. This is after 10 years since the Bkav first demonstrated the insecure nature facial recognition tech present in different laptops. The mask faces an iPhone X, which is placed on a stand. The cybersecurity firm did stress that "billionaires, leaders of major corporations, nation leaders and agents like FBI" need to be aware of the problem. Remarkably, in spite of their fairly elaborate efforts - including "details like eyeholes created to allow real eye movement" and "thousands of eyebrow hairs inserted into the mask meant to look more like real hair" - Wired and Cloudflare didn't succeed.

However, this doesn't seem to be a widespread issue and reports are still mixed at this point, with some users claiming a noticeable slowdown, others say that their phones are working as fast as on day one. They offered some details about the mask, saying that a handmade artist developed the nose.

Bkav did not give details of how long it took for its iPhone X to unlock with the mask.

These requirements to create the mask reach such a high standard that it seems like it would be nearly impossible to replicate this scenario in an actual attack.

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