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How to fool Face ID on the iPhone X

15 November, 2017, 01:55 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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There's absolutely no reason you should go to bed wearing protective facewear of some sort to stay safe from unauthorized iPhone X unlocking attempts, but if you want to play a prank on someone and take over their precious new handset, a mask could be the way to go.

A Vietnamese firm claims to have created a mask which can beat Apple's face ID system into unlocking the iPhone X. The firm called Bkav created an elaborate mask through 2D and 3D configuration using a printer.

This obviously does not pose a huge security risk just yet, it is unlikely people are going to print a 3D mask just to access a normal person's phone, but it is proof of concept and shows that the system isn't as infallible as Apple claim.

The 3D printed mask, which also has silicone features and 2D images pasted onto it, was used to thwart Apple's Face ID phone unlock system, a new feature incorporated into the iPhone X to supposedly provide a more convenient unlock option than the current fingerprint and password options.

The probability of a random person hacking Face ID, says the page, is one-in-a-million. If you still find yourself in a situation where law enforcement agencies might attempt to get your iPhone X unlocked, you can disable the Face ID technology by pressing the lock button five times.

The company behind the video, Bkav have revealed more details about how they tricked Apple's Face ID with a mask.

Of course, such an elaborate hack is unlikely to cause sleepless nights for many iPhone X owners, but Bkav believes there are certain users who should be anxious about their findings. Instead, they focused on the features that needed to be valid for the actual authentication process - getting right the mask's eyes, nose, mouth, face shape, and relief. A person has to take an accurate scan of your face, make a mask, and then be able to steal your phone.

"After almost 10 years of development, face recognition is not mature enough to guarantee security for computers and smartphones", the researchers warned.

Apple has worked with mask makers to make sure scenarios like these can't happen. The iPhone X will still recognise you even when half of your face is covered, the company says.

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