Security firm cracks Apple’s Face ID

Bkav security experts from Vietnam show that Face ID can be fooled by mask

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Security firm cracks Apple’s Face ID The researchers built a mask using a variety of materials.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  November 12, 2017

Since Apple unveiled Face ID, many have tried to defeat the facial recognition software but have failed. Now a security company claims to have cracked it.

Security researchers from Bkav have allegedly beaten Face ID and claims the feature is not as secure as Apple promises and that the fingerprint sensor is the best security measure.

The researchers built a mask using a variety of materials, for instance it 2D printed and 3D printed specific areas of the face and silicon for the nose, which in total cost $150 to make. Bkav does point out that it was able to bypass the feature and trick it as it understands how artificial intelligence (AI) works on Face ID.

Additionally the firm stated that ‘Apple seems to rely too much on Face ID's AI', as it says that Face ID will recognise the user even if half of the face was covered.

Bkav also revealed: "Apple has done this not so well. I remember reading an article on Mashable, in which Apple told that iPhone X had been planned to be rolled out in 2018, but the company then decided to release it one year earlier. This shows that they haven't carried out scientific and serious estimation before deciding to replace Touch ID with Face ID."

Apple has only embedded Face ID in its tenth anniversary iPhone X model, but recent reports suggest that the next generation of iPads are undergoing a redesign to include the same functionality.

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