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IPhone X gets fooled by mask again

IPhone X gets fooled by mask again

Vietnamese cybersecurity firm Bkav, who previously created a mask that was capable of breaching Face ID, has come up with another project that it calls "artificial twin" and demonstrates that it's very easy to bypass the biometric system on the new flagship. Now, the firm is back with a new attempt at tricking Face ID, showcasing a more advanced 3D printed mask... That's because the company has performed another Face ID hack, this time beating Apple's facial recognition feature in a much shorter timeframe than the 9-10 hours required for the initial hack. Mashable tested the feature on identical twins by making one register his face on the iPhone X, verify that he could unlock the phone by looking at it and then hand the locked device to his identical twin brother.

This time, the "materials and tools are casual for anyone", using stone paper and glued 2D images of the eyes onto a fake face, something you could potentially get in the form of a mannequin head.

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"About 2 weeks ago", Bkav's blogpost reads in part, "we recommended that only very important people such as national leaders, large corporation leaders, billionaires, etc. should be cautious when using Face ID. 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".

They again used 2D printed images for the eyes and mouth, with the result being that the researchers used the mask to unlock the iPhone X even when on its highest security setting, they claim.

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Huawei has a history of trying to beat Apple at its own game (it unveiled a "Force Touch" phone days before the iPhone 6s launch), and that's truer than ever now that the iPhone X is in town. All in all, Bkav estimates the process runs around $200. If Face ID fails to recognize within 5 tries, it will lock and require a passcode.

This is not the first time Face ID has been fooled. After a few seconds of getting the right position, you can clearly see in the video that the iPhone X is unlocked. Huawei claims to have the upper hand on Apple here as its system features more detailed tracking – it can even track your tongue so you can make the animated characters look goofy if you so desire. Let us know down in the comments.

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