$150 Mask Fools iPhone X Facial Recognition

$150 Mask Fools iPhone X Facial Recognition

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. Bkav admits this openly in a Q & A on its hack, noting that "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 skin was also hand-made to trick Apple's Artificial Intelligence", Bkav said in a blog post.

The Bkav researchers say they were able to crack Face ID with a cheap mix of materials, 3D printing rather than face-casting, and perhaps most surprisingly, fixed, two-dimensional printed eyes.

We also still don't know how legitimate Bkav's claims really are. If you still find yourself in a situation where law enforcement agencies might attempt to get your iPhone X unlocked, you can disable the Face ID technology by pressing the lock button five times. "It continues to be 1 in a million probability of a random person unlocking your iPhone with Face ID", in a statement. The video shows Face ID working in one try, too, although it's not clear, how many false attempts Bkav had before producing a mask that worked smoothly.

BKAV, which built a reputation on fooling facial recognition, quickly touted toppling Face ID, writing that Apple didn't have enough "scientific and serious estimation before deciding to replace Touch ID with Face ID".

Face ID allows users to unlock their iPhone X by looking at it, then make purchases from the Apple store or conduct other Apple Pay transactions using stored payment card data. In fact, during the iPhone X launch event at the Steve Jobs Center, Tim Cook even joked that unless an iPhone X user has an evil twin, he will have no reason to worry about his security. Face ID is even attention-aware.

The new technology has passed nearly all the security tests with flying colours; until a security firm called Bkav allegedly created a mask to beat the FaceID. The mask is claimed to have cost around $150 to make, which seems cheap when you consider the effort and vast resources Apple put into developing the $999 iPhone X and its Face ID system. And the mask isn't exactly a work of art-Bkav, which has a history of breaking through facial recognition security, just Frankensteined parts together until the phone unlocked.

Bkav researchers began testing Face ID as soon as the iPhone X was released to them last week.

Ultimately, the company thinks this probably means that regular iPhone X users aren't at a high risk of having their phone hacked into by mischievous intruders armed with 3D printers and fake noses.

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