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

Apple iPhone X FaceID crack attempts; do they work?

Apple iPhone X FaceID crack attempts; do they work?

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

Bkav's method claims to use both 2D images and masks, two tactics that Apple seems pretty confident that Face ID can defend against.

Face ID is one of the signature features on Apple's flagship iPhone X. While facial recognition isn't new, Apple claims it's created the most secure version yet. Bkav wrote in its blog post that the Face ID is "not an effective security measure" because it can be "fooled by mask". The firm placed paper cut outs, pizza toppings and bottle tops over a sleeping subject's eye lids to successfully fool Face ID in an iPhone X handset.

According to the company's website, in 2008 Bkav discovered the first critical flaw in Google Chrome soon after it launched, making it the first company to discover just how vulnerable facial recognition can be when used as a log-in on laptops and other devices. The firm used different materials to create certain portions of the mask.

"Potential targets shall not be regular users, but billionaires, leaders of major corporations, [and] nations' leaders", Bkav says. Similar to iPhone X, the iPad will come with the Facial ID feature. The company may have purposefully done a poor job setting up Face ID so it was easier to trick, which would discredit the results. Not only was the mask designed with intricate 2D and 3D parts an artist was hired to construct the nose of the mask.

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Skeptics were quick to predict that someone would be able to fool Face ID since it was unveiled in September.

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. If you're concerned that someone might want into your devices badly enough that they'd execute such an involved plan to steal your facial biometrics, well, you've probably got a lot of other things to worry about as well.

"What they didn't disclose was how many attempts and what level of effort it took to get the mask to work flawlessly", Paul Norris, senior systems engineer at Tripwire, a Portland, Oregon, software security company, said in a statement Monday.

Bkav wrote in its blog that the efforts involved to fool the Face ID would make it incredibly hard to compromise casual users. Users can also remotely disable Face ID if they lose their iPhone.

"As for biometric security, fingerprint is the best". "You can try it out with your own iPhone X, the phone shall recognize you even when you cover a half of your face", the biz said in an advisory last updated on Saturday.

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