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

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

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

Researchers at Vietnam's Bkav demonstrate a "proof of concept" spoof of Face ID using a mask. The mask faces an iPhone X, which is placed on a stand. However, the mask is now a proof-of-spoof and more research is required. The firm said it only meant to show a "proof of concept" that Face ID can be skirted and that such techniques would not target regular users but more likely "billionaires (and) leaders of major corporations".

Other than that, the eyes were represented with printed 2D images, with a little extra special processing done on the cheeks and other areas of the face where there are large areas of skin.

Should you worry that your iPhone X could be unlocked so easily?

For most people, according to Terry Ray, chief technology officer at Imperva, a Redwood Shores, California, cybersecurity firm, "Face ID is probably just fine". His face was used as the model for the mask and then to unlock an iPhone X on which his face had been registered with Face ID.

In the video (embedded below), one of Bkav's staff members lifts a piece of cloth off of a mounted mask facing an iPhone X on a stand.

Bkav has gone to extreme lengths to unlock the iPhone X and while £115 is just a fraction of the £1,000 price tag, it seems unlikely that criminals are going to recreate each owners' faces before nicking their gadgets. "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.

The firm hit out at Apple, saying it "has done this not so well" and claiming their video shows "they haven't carried out scientific and serious estimation before deciding to replace Touch ID with Face ID". Of those measures was lowering the internal specifications for its Face ID components. "It is because we understand how AI of Face ID works and how to bypass it", the firms said on its FAQ page. 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".

Apple says the iPhone X uses infrared imaging and a depth map of a user's face with 30,000 invisible dots to ensure identity.

Bkav wrote in its blog that the efforts involved to fool the Face ID would make it incredibly hard to compromise casual users. But, being the new kid on the block, we thought we'd ask you what you think of Face ID? The fact that Face ID can be fooled shows that biometric methods don't offer foolproof security.

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