Year Old Beats Face ID on Mom's iPhone X

15 November, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook holds an iPad during a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino California

But even so, people are surprised at just how quickly Apple's hi-tech new Face ID for iPhone X seems to have been "pwned" - with researchers able to get through the facial scan used to ID owners. However, recently a Vietnamese security firm said that it successfully managed to thwart the Face ID using a mask. This - again, according to Apple - makes Face ID significantly more secure than the fingerprint-based Touch ID system it replaces, which had odds of being unlocked by a stranger of 50,000 to one. Face ID is said to have an error rate of just one in one million.

The claims should be taken with a few grains of salt, with multiple implausibilities prompting concern among journalists who themselves took more elaborate measures in their own attempts to spoof Face ID; Wired, for example, spent thousands of dollars on custom special effects masks, and still failed to fool the system. But the introduction of the brand new iPhone X, and it's facial recognition lock, has come with some controversy. "Security units' competitors, commercial rivals of corporations, and even nations might benefit from our PoC", they said.

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Face ID uses artificial intelligence to distinguish real faces from images, videos or masks, but it "learns" a face over time.

These users might want to take extra steps beyond Face ID if they want their device fully protected. But what if we are not looking for a random person, but actually try and replicate a particular face and try to break into their iPhone X? The relatively cheap mask apparently can bypass the handset's infrared sensors and mapping technology which needs to connect 30,000 dots on the user's face to confirm his identity.

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Many security experts have also tried to fool the Face ID with "twin tests", but with limited success. This is a rather serious issue, considering it's relatively easy to make this happen. It has a lovely bezel-less OLED display, Face ID, wireless charging, augmented reality, a powerful A11 Bionic processor, Portrait Lighting, and many other features.

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