A Vietnamese cybersecurity firm has demonstrated how it apparently fooled Apple face recognition ID software on its new iPhone X using a mask made with a 3D printer, silicone and paper tape. Silvia Antonioli reports.
Face-recognition is one of the iPhone X most boasted-about features. But as it turns out, a bit of DIY and a creative flair might be enough to fool the sophisticated and pricey machine. Or at least that is what Vietnamese cybersecurity firm, Bkav, claims. It said it was able to hack Apple's recognition ID software using a mask made with a 3D printer, silicone and paper tape. (SOUNDBITE) (Vietnamese) VICE PRESIDENT OF BKAV CYBER SECURITY, NGO TUAN ANH, SAYING: "Important people like politicians or businessmen should absolutely not lend their iPhone X to anyone if they have activated the Face ID function." The firm's Vice President gave Reuters several demonstrations of how he could unlock the phone first with his face and then with the mask. But he declined to register himself as a new user and do it from scratch, saying the handset and mask needs to be at very specific angles a process that can take up to nine hours. SOUNDBITE) (Vietnamese) VICE PRESIDENT OF BKAV CYBER SECURITY, NGO TUAN ANH, SAYING: "It's not easy for normal people to do what we do here but it's a concern for people in the security sector and important people like politicians or heads of corporations." Apple declined to respond to the claims. On its website it says that there is a 1-in-a-million probability that a random person could unlock another user's phone with their face against a 1-in-50,000 chance for the fingerprint scanner system. Cybersecurity experts also say they're not too worried because of the huge effort needed to hack Face ID.