Just a week after Apple released its brand new iPhone X on November 3, a team of hackers has claimed to successfully hack Apple’s Face ID facial recognition technology with a mask that costs less than $150.
Yes, Apple’s “ultra-secure” Face ID security for the iPhone X is not as secure as the company claimed during its launch event in September this year.
“Apple engineering teams have even gone and worked with professional mask makers and makeup artists in Hollywood to protect against these attempts to beat Face ID,” Apple’s senior VP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said about Face ID system during the event.
“These are actual masks used by the engineering team to train the neural network to protect against them in Face ID.”
However, the bad news is that researchers from Vietnamese cybersecurity firm Bkav were able to unlock the iPhone X using a mask.
Yes, Bkav researchers have a better option than holding it up to your face while you sleep.
Bkav researchers re-created the owner’s face through a combination of 3D printed mask, makeup, and 2D images with some “special processing done on the cheeks and around the face, where there are large skin areas” and the nose is created from silicone.