Apple released their latest iPhone X on November 3, and the news was forest fire. Apples’ launch about any device is a full show with the whole world keeping an eye on it. iPhone X is still in news and not just for its specifications but for a wrong reason this time.
And it is not another legal battle of apple for a patent but IT IS the key future of Face ID being proved unsafe. Yup that would shake the ground of many buyers who have paid so much for the new iPhone. A Vietnam based security firm Bkav released a blog post and a video explaining how they were able to crack the face ID.
They had used composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts and that’s all for the hacking into the apple’s flagship phone. Not just that, irony hitting the apple right in the face is, that the security firm’s mask just cost $150. The demonstration is yet to be confirmed by other security agencies.
Also, an average user need not to panic as the time & effort required for access to someone’s face is much more difficult than it sounds. But what sounds difficult and is not, is the creation of the particular mask for the hack experiment created by Bkav.
At least that’s what they claim in their blog,
“The 1st point is, everything went much more easily than you expect. You can try it out with your own iPhone X, the phone shall recognize you even when you cover a half of your face. It means the recognition mechanism is not as strict as you think, Apple seems to rely too much on Face ID’s AI. We just need a half face to create the mask. It was even simpler than we ourselves had thought.”
Check Out the Complete Video by Bkav bypassing iPhone X Face Id!
Also the claims of Apple’s Senior Vice President Phil Schiller remains just marketing gimmicks instead of word a consumer would trust. Why? Well this is what he said during the Apples’ Keynote in September 2017 (From 1:27:10 to 1:27:26).
“They (Apple engineering teams) have even gone and worked with professional mask makers and makeup artists in Hollywood to protect against these attempts to beat Face ID. These are actual masks used by the engineering team to train the neural network to protect against them in Face ID. It’s incredible!”
In conclusion the claims of apple are not as substantial as they were presented. Yet for an average user it should not be the first concern, as your iPhone X getting snatched being the foremost!
References taken from blogpost and video released by Bkav.