Apple iPhone X unlocked again via Face ID using a mask

Security firm Bkav: Face ID not secure enough for business transactions

The same Vietnamese security researchers who tricked an iPhone X using a $150 3D-printed mask have done it again.

That sounds like way more work than a typical thief would bother with for a random target, so unless you have very sensitive information on your iPhone X we wouldn't think you need to worry.

However, that particular mask wasn't very practical as it was 3D printed and it took the researchers hours modelling the silicone nose in order to bypass the security of the Face ID system. The new method of fooling Face ID is said to be even more accurate than the first.

Before you start worrying about people unlocking your iPhone X, you should keep in mind that all this requires a lot of effort, access to various materials, physical access to the device, and in-depth photos of your face to accurately recreate it in mask form.

Meanwhile, Apple also demonstrates how Face ID adapts as your face evolves - whether it is due to new glasses, makeup, or hairstyle: iPhone X recognises you, even when you change your look.

So the basic intention of making the videos is to seek the attention of the Apple fans and convince them what they can do with Face ID, and believe in Apple's idea of ditching the Touch ID. Thus, to Face ID, the mask mimics a real face with eyes. This was a spec announcement to show that Huawei would eventually have an answer to Apple's 3D face detection, not something tangible you could buy in the near future.

Once the mask was set up to match an iPhone X's owner's face, with the strictest security settings, it can apparently quickly trick the $999 iPhone security tech, unlocking the handset immediately.

In the same process as before, the iPhone X is placed in front of the new mask. Here, Bkav is employing the theory of how twins unlocked the iPhone X. However, with this research result, we have to raise the severity level to every casual users: "Face ID is not secure enough to be used in business transactions", said Bkav Vice President of Cybersecurity Ngo Tuan Anh, as he explained just how much of an improvement this mask was over its predecessor.

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