Facial Recognition Fail: Vietnam Security Co. Fools iPhone X Face ID

Alan Olson
November 14, 2017

The smartphone rival admitted the flaw but said that it never claimed facial recognition was uncrackable.

"Potential targets shall not be regular users, but billionaires, leaders of major corporations, nations' leaders, and agents like Federal Bureau of Investigation need to understand the Face ID's issue", the company's researchers said. 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.

But Bkav claims that it has found a fake face fix that does the trick. And Face ID was not able to distinguish between the two. There's a one in a million chance that there's a random person, somewhere in the world, who can unlock your phone with their face. Apparently, Apple worked with skilled mask makers in Hollywood to ensure the new technology could not be hacked, where they have been proven wrong.

No Longer "Mission Impossible " Philip W. Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks on September 13 at the launch of the iPhone X. It's created to protect against spoofing by masks or other techniques through the use of sophisticated anti-spoofing neural networks.

Apple's Face ID technology uses a TrueDepth camera system made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator, and is powered by A11 Bionic to accurately map and recognise a face.

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"If you happen to have an evil twin, you need to protect your data with a passcode", marketing vice president Phil Schiller joked during Apple's iPhone X announcement. As soon as security researchers got their hands on the 10th anniversary iPhone, they started trying to crack the iPhone X Face ID.

Bkav has been a long-term critic of facial recognition and alleges that Apple rushed out Face ID without properly securing it.

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

The brand new iPhone did not recognize the mask but just the face of a team member. That demonstration, which has yet to be confirmed publicly by other security researchers, could poke a hole in the expensive security of the iPhone X, particularly given that the researchers say their mask cost just $150 to make. Bkav used a handheld scanner that took five minutes to work. The company also claims that the FaceID is foolproof and can't be hacked using a two-dimensional picture of the user to unlock the phone.

"This seems like an unlikely sequence of events", Paul Norris, a systems engineer at security company Tripwire said.

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