Watch Apple iPhone X Face ID bypassed with a mask

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Apart from these, some special processing was done on the cheeks and 3D face where there are large skin areas that can fool the AI of the Face ID technology. The nose was made by a handmade artist. As can be seen in the video below, it appears to trick Face ID on the first attempt. If someone is so determined to get on your phone that they build a custom mask and have the opportunity to use it, then you must be a celebrity or a politician.

"Many people in the world have tried different kinds of masks but all failed". Users can quickly disable Face ID by pressing the lock button five times in a row, but it would hypothetically be possible to steal someone's phone and use the mask to unlock it before Face ID could be locked out.

What is intriguing however is that the model used 2D, non-moving representation of eyes which means that Face ID's sensors don't actually need eyes to move.

Here's yet another wrinkle for Face ID: Researchers at Vietnamese firm Bkav claim to have been able to defeat the iPhone X's facial recognition with an elaborate mask made from a combination of 2D and 3D parts.


If the person looking to break in isn't anxious about subtlety, they could just physically force the user to unlock the biometric security anyways, or possibly scan the user's face while they were sleeping or incapacitated. These are actual masks used by the engineering team to train the neural network to protect against them in Face ID.

We've reached out to Bkav for more information, and will update this post if we hear back.

"Potential targets shall not be regular users, but billionaires, leaders of major corporations, nation leaders and agents like Federal Bureau of Investigation need to understand the Face ID's issue".

Bkav said that the experiment is a proof of concept and it claimed that in order to bypass the security measure even half of the face is enough to crack into the system.

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