By 13 November 2017 | Categories: news


At the launch of the iPhone X, Apple's senior VP Phil Schiller said that the Face ID security system cannot be bypassed using a mask, but it seems like a Vietnamese cyber security company has proofed otherwise. Bkav Corporation claims to have fooled the system by building a mask via 3D printing and silicone, and has the video to prove it (see below).

Previous attempts to create an effective mask by Wired and others have failed, but Bkav notes in a Q&A that they know how Face ID works and through trial and error have managed to crack it.

From what we understand the company used a 3D scanner to capture a person’s likeness, with an artist used to sculpt the nose. The mask also consists of 2D printing and “hand-made skin”, costing in the region of $150. By adjusting the nose later on Bkav managed to bypass the security.

The company believes that the AI employed through Apple’s Face ID might be working against the other security features and is not strict at all, since in certain cases it only needs to scan half your face.

Bkav claims that after close to 10 years of development, Apple’s Face ID is “not mature enough to guarantee security for computers and smartphones,” and that building the required mask will be difficult for normal users, but not for agencies or governments.

Have a look at the video below to see how Face ID is tricked. Are you still happy to use Face ID? Comments below and via Twitter welcome.


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