Cybersecurity experts 'beat' Face ID with carefully constructed 3D mask

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Researchers from Vietnam-based information security firm Bkav say that since they first obtained an iPhone X on November 5, they've been working nonstop to find a way to bypass the Face ID feature. Facial recognition has shown its pitfalls in the past, with hackers tricking security by putting a photo over the camera.

"Potential targets shall not be regular users, but billionaires, leaders of major corporations, [and] nations' leaders", Bkav says.

In addition to features such as keeping track of changes in facial appearance, Apple also offers an anti-spoofing software to stop Face ID trickery. Bkav says the mask is made using a combination of 3D printing, plastic, silicon, makeup, and paper cutouts.

When Samsung introduced the Note 8 with its $960 price tag, we knew about Apple's new iPhone X, which will cross the borderline of Samsung with the pricing policy.

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

The iPhone X has been trained for a real person's face, however, the researchers used mask built by 3D and 2D images to unlock the phone which made the mask quite similar to a real face.

Not just any mask, of course, but one meticulously crafted to trick Apple's super-advanced AI system into believing the rightful owner of an iPhone X is indeed facing the device.

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Wired has more details on how Bkav tricked Face ID, and exactly what was required to defeat the system.

Biometric FolliesPhilip W. Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks on September 13 at the launch of the iPhone X. FaceID, the face-scanning technology used in the phone to detect your face and unlock the device, is apparently not as secure as Apple has claimed.

Apple has claimed that its Face ID - which replaces fingerprint scanner Touch ID from its earlier models - is super secure. Other parts, such as the eyes, are 2D images. Face ID is even attention-aware.

Late last week, a video started doing the rounds showing that Face ID can be "hacked," if you have a detailed scan of a user's face, a 3-D printer, and a lot of spare time.

According the company, the mask cost approximately $150 to produce, but it is not clear how many attempts it actually had at cracking the facial recognition technology.

Bkav did not give details of how long it took for its iPhone X to unlock with the mask. FaceTec, a San Diego based software start-up, has also demonstrated that if iPhone X users fall asleep, then their faces can still be used to unlock their handsets. "This seems like an unlikely sequence of events".