Special baseball cap is invented to trick facial recognition systems

Special baseball cap is invented to trick facial recognition systems
A newly invented baseball cap that is equipped with laser dots, can fool facial recognition systems like Apple's Face ID into thinking that you are someone else. The inside of the cap features tiny LED lights. When the cap is worn, the lights project dots that cannot be seen by the human eye. However, facial recognition systems know that they are there; with the dots appearing in strategic locations, Face ID and other similar unlocking and verification tools are fooled. This process is called "adversarial learning."

The LED lights can be placed under a person's real hair, under a wig, or even hidden under an umbrella. Those familiar with the technology say that it can be used to "dodge surveillance cameras" and "impersonate" unsuspecting victims. Using the cap, facial-recognition system FaceNet incorrectly identified random individuals as famous celebrities, including musician Moby, 70% of the time.

The tiny dots projected on the faces of those wearing the cap play havoc with the mapping technology used on facial recognition systems. The cap was devised by researchers at Fudan University in China, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Indiana University, and Alibaba Inc.

Check out the image at the top of this story. The "attacker" is the person wearing the cap. The "victim" is the person that the attacker is trying to impersonate. The distance measures similarities between the image of the attacker and the victim and is measured before and after the infrared dots are tuned. In all four cases cited, tuning up the dots enabled the attacker to look more like the person he was impersonating, to a facial recognition system.

source: Mashable



1. theot14430 unregistered

My fingerprint sensor doesn’t get fooled.

2. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

I am sure our NSA and FBI friends are on the preorder list for this gadget. So much for not being able to unlock a dead persons iPhone X.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Iris scanner can't be fooled!

5. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

https://www.phonearena.com/news/Fooling-Galaxy-S8s-iris-scanner-deemed-as-unrealistic-by-Samsung_id94419 “Everything on this planet Earth can be fooled if & only if hacker has the Motivation, and the above link & the above article is full proof of its.” Nothing is hackproof.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Everything man-made can be fooled.

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Nothing, nothing that man creates is fool proof use wise or other wise.

6. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

But you phonearena claimed Face ID is more secure than iris scanner. Funny thing is you make it sound like its face recognition only not Face ID..

8. DolmioMan

Posts: 333; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

There's no way this works with FaceID, maybe it will work with facial recognition where the "victim" is in a database and its comparing you with that but really... how will this allow you to trick FaceID?

10. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Read the article again..

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