FaceID Cracked with $150 Mask!

It has happened only 10 days after the official launch


Photo Credit : Reuters,

Only 10 days after the release of iPhone X, it has now been found that a cybersecurity firm hacked the Apple’s Face ID just by using a $150 face mask.

Last Friday, the cybersecurity firm posted a video on their official blog which showed that they had found a way to hack Face ID by using a composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts, which in combination tricked an iPhone X into unlocking.

The cybersecurity firm further said that the experiment is a proof that in order to bypass the security measure of the face ID even half of the face is enough. The Face ID recognises half the face and allows the user to unlock the phone.

The company released a video, in which a company staff member pulls off a cloth from a face mask, which is placed in front of the iPhone 10. The phone instantly unlocks when the mask is placed in front of it. The mask had sculpted silicone nose, two-dimensional eyes and lips printed on paper, which was mounted on a 3D printed plastic frame.

Given the time and effort required to recreate someone’s face, it can be said that an average iPhone user might not be at great risk. However, hackers can target potential users like billionaires, leaders of major corporations, nation leaders, and agents like FBI. Given that once face is out in the open it won’t be too difficult to grab.

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