Mask fools iPhone X's Face ID

Apple CEO Tim Cook holds an iPad during a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino California

The researchers at Bkav aren't the only ones who've managed to fool Face ID.

In the video, the mother explains that despite setting up Face ID for her face, her son is able to unlock the phone using his face. There's a chance though, that in its testing, the company "trained" the iPhone to recognise the face used. A lot of them have failed despite spending tons of time and resources.

Researchers at Vietnamese security firm Bkav say they have broken the iPhone X Face ID facial recognition security feature, just a week after launch, with a mask they built for $150.

The firm hit out at Apple, saying it "has done this not so well" and claiming their video shows "they haven't carried out scientific and serious estimation before deciding to replace Touch ID with Face ID". "In order to compromise Face ID authentication, the attacker would have to have a detailed map of the face of the user, create a mask that would map the exact details of the victim's face, unlock the phone within five attempts, and do all of this within 48 hours".

"The Nose on the mask was made by hand by an artist".

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As you can see, the researcher pulls a piece of cloth from a mask facing an iPhone X and it unlocks instantly. The mask faces an iPhone X, which is placed on a stand. The FaceID failed to tell the difference and unlocked the phone. Bkav said it would reveal more in a press conference later this week.

Apple's Face ID has been widely regarded as superior to every other facial recognition system before it, but even it has some blind spots.

"His face is smaller than my wife's face and the geometry of their faces don't match, at least to human eyes", said Malik in the blog post.

These users might want to take extra steps beyond Face ID if they want their device fully protected.

X RATED Is Apple's £999 iPhone X the best smartphone EVER? The prospect of someone gaining access to your locked phone while you sleep is something iPhone X users need to be aware of, particularly those that sleep deeply, ' Kevin Alan Tussy, CEO of FaceTec. It might be a cause for worry if you are a celebrity, politician, billionaire, or a spy. While apple says FaceID is foolproof, we think cracking into an iPhone X may not be as easy or cheap as it sounds. A person has to take an accurate scan of your face, make a mask, and then be able to steal your phone.

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