Barely ten days into the market, Apple’s flagship smartphone, iPhone X‘ face recognition technology or the Face ID is being challenged by a cybersecurity firm, which claims to have fooled it.
Bkav, a Vietnamese cybersecurity firm, claims to have cracked the face recognition technology of iPhone X with the help of a mask which costs around $150.
Terming the technology as not an effective security measure, Ngo Tuan Anh, Bkav’s vice president of Cyber Security, said, “The mask is crafted by combining 3D printing with makeup and 2D images, besides some special processing on the cheeks and around the face, where there are large skin areas, to fool the AI of Face ID”.
Bkav said that the experiment is a proof of concept and it claimed that in order to bypass the security measure even half of the face is enough to crack into the system. The Face ID recognises half the face and allows the user to unlock the phone. Thus, even half of the mask was enough to fool the AI, claims Bkav.