Apple iPhone X FaceID crack attempts; do they work?

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Cybersecurity researchers have claimed they can fool the iPhone X's Face ID feature with a simple mask.

They said: " 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 [sic].

"With Face ID's being beaten by our mask, FBI, CIA, country leaders, leaders of major corporations, etc are the ones that need to know about the issue, because their devices are worth illegal unlock attempts", it said.

But Bkav claims that it has found a fake face fix that does the trick. Finally, to prove that the facial recognition software on the iPhone X is working correctly he unlocks the phone using his face.

In a YouTube video (below) and accompanying blog post, Bkav appears to show how an iPhone X can be unlocked using a mask made to look like the handset's owner. It took them less than a week to spoof Face ID and say it was even easier than they expected with only half a face needed to create the mask.

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The firm is launching its own facial recognition technology named ZoOm Login which provides ultra-secure face authentication by matching the user via recognition algorithms and verifying 3D liveness via AI. It's created to protect against spoofing by masks or other techniques through the use of sophisticated anti-spoofing neural networks. 'It will not affect the truth that Apple Face ID is not an effective security measure'.

As outlined in Apple's white paper, Face ID uses a TrueDepth camera system to accurately map the geometry of a face and recognise it. "If convenience is more important, Face ID may be your choice". However, the security agency has not detailed the process of how they went about training the iPhone X with the original victim's face and then spoofed it with a 3D mask.

Bkav researchers began testing Face ID as soon as the iPhone X was released to them last week. Remarkably, in spite of their fairly elaborate efforts - including "details like eyeholes created to allow real eye movement" and "thousands of eyebrow hairs inserted into the mask meant to look more like real hair" - Wired and Cloudflare didn't succeed. "This seems like an unlikely sequence of events", Norris said. The nose was made by a handmade artist.

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.

These requirements to create the mask reach such a high standard that it seems like it would be nearly impossible to replicate this scenario in an actual attack.

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