Security firm beats Face ID with a mask

Security firm Bkav has allegedly created a mask that has defeated Face ID. If you've been Rip Van Winkling your way through the last two months, we should tell you that Face ID is the security system that Apple uses on the Tenth Anniversary iPhone X model to replace Touch ID. Because the premium handset features an edge-to-edge screen and has very slim bezels (4mm wide), Apple had to come up with a way to replace the fingerprint scanner that powers Touch ID. So the gang in Cupertino decided to use a facial recognition system to unlock the device and verify Apple Pay transactions.

Apple claims that Face ID is so secure that the odds of a random person using their face to break into someone's iPhone X is one in one million. Bkav says that because it understands how AI works on Face ID, it was able to bypass the feature and trick it. Different materials were used to create certain areas of the mask. For example, silicone was employed for the nose and 3D printing was used on other areas. The security firm says that Apple is relying too much on the feature's Artificial Intelligence.

The mask cost $150 to make, and Bkav says that with its ability to break into the iPhone X, the mask could be used to learn personal secrets from political leaders, business executives and billionaires. The firm says that facial recognition is not a good security tool and says that when it comes to biometrics, a fingerprint scanner is the best way to keep intruders from breaking into your phone.

So far, there is no response from Apple.

source: Bkav

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1. LiLLicky

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 27, 2017

Fingerprint scanner ftw

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Hell yeah! Why trade the new for the tried and true FP scanner smh, no home button or FPS is a huge fail if you ask me.

16. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Tell me this is notch true!

54. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

If you read the comment above and not upvote it, you have no sense of humor.

63. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1348; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

You, great sir or madam win the internet today!

24. torr310

Posts: 1703; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

They (not just Apple) just have to tell the consumers something is so cool, so the consumers would buy it. IF THERE ISN'T A DEMAND, CREATE THE DEMAND!

43. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

(just using your post so everyone can see Lillicky this one doesnt exaclty pertain to your comment) Hasnt fingerprint scanner spoofed as well before and even iris scanners on samsung? The thing is they recreate all of these things in a controlled environment same goes with face ID. I mean who would get through all the hassle just to make a face mask exactly the same as the real one? All in all if it would be better if apple somehow incorporated FPS in their phone so if face id fails like this they can always go back with fps and passcode. Anyways I can see all the haters here keep destroying iphone and apple in general i mean if you dont like the device or the article why bother rant and make all unnecessary comparisons just to prove your point one is 'better' than the other? Going to extremes calling each other stupid, rtard, sheeps, etc. All this extremists (android fans and apple fans) have this superiority complex.

51. Nopers unregistered

Fingerprint scanner has been broken into before. Worst part is somebody could lift your fingerprint from your phone. (Theoretically)

78. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not if it's the ultrasound finger print scanners. The even work under water. It scans a 3D image of your finger. So it even gets the groves. Plus it can work through a thin glove as well. Now give me that finger print scanner.


Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2017

I think you mean ultra-sonic

2. dubaiboy78

Posts: 457; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Wtfffff this is the 1k usd phone can give???!!!

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016


17. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

The game changing & iRevolutionary notch

27. Peacetoall unregistered

1k phone is not even secure.

68. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

It's top notch phone my brother

3. Derekjeter

Posts: 1557; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Touch ID and every other finger print scanner should already have been placed on the screen this year. It will always be the best way to unlock a phone. It’s a lot faster. When I used the iPhone X, Face ID only worked half of the time. FAIL!! The good thing is HARDCORE Apple fans are seeing that Apple really screwed them with this Face ID BS. Hopefully this pushes them to bring back Touch ID on the display

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Bringback touch ID? That's like moving backward for apple.. They already said that faceID is the future, and they shouldn't backpedalling, because COURAGE /s

37. tedkord

Posts: 17473; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Unfortunately, no, they're not. They're circling the wagons, claiming it's revolutionary and that nobody will ever want fingerprint scanners again. Pretty much like they always do. Heck, they claimed Apple Maps was better than Google Maps when it debuted.

57. darkkjedii

Posts: 31616; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple maps was so incredibly bad when it launched, it was just sad. Forestall got the axe over it.

69. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 711; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Apple maps was really an unsuccessful launch but it was a welcome reason to get rid of Forstall since he got into conflict with Ives. Apple management was just searching for a reason.

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Apple has had arguably the best fingerprint scanner since the beginning. It has only gotten better over the years (Except for the SE) They should not have taken it off the iPhone 10.

18. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

They should have made a notch on the bottom to accommodate the finger print scanner.

73. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

But, iPhone 10 wouldn't have been a top-notch phone.

52. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1474; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's no better than any other fingerprint scanner on phones out there. It's smaller than some out there which makes it less secure. A fullsize fingerprint screen embedded sensor would be way more secure than Face ID could ever hope to be.

8. nikhil23

Posts: 502; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I was waiting for this... All Hail Fingerprint Scanner

9. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I highly doubt anyone will go through the trouble to do all this, and that's as if anyone has the capability to so. No normal human being should be concerned about this report.

13. GdgetXpert1337

Posts: 117; Member since: Oct 31, 2017

agred fanboys above think it easier 2 get acurate good scalpture of someone face over lifting there fingerprint wich they leavve everrywhere...fanboy gonna be fanboys

10. zebraman

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Hahaha face id keeps on failing

12. GdgetXpert1337

Posts: 117; Member since: Oct 31, 2017

So funy fanboy above think it easier to get a good scalpture of someone face than lifting fingirprint of some1 that they leavve everywhere, on there phone, everting they touch, easier 2 be sujbect of targetted attack with fingrprint over face scalpture good luk to those who try to desperatelie bashe this

41. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Lifting fingerprint is easy, but making fingerprint dummy to unlock FPscanner on a smartphone is another story. And I don't think there is anyone who can make dummy to fools FPscanners in recent flagships,

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