Apple’s Face ID System Beaten Up by a Mask

Little over a week after launching the Apple’s flagship iPhone X, news started to surface that the Apple’s Face ID security system is not as secure as it was originally claimed it to be. At least a Vietnam based security firm (Bkav Corporation) has recently stepped forward claiming as such and demonstrated the vulnerability of the Face ID system.

Apple's Face ID was CompromisedApple’s Face ID Security System Compromised by Mask. © Bkav Corporation.

The company spend around 150 USD to make a mask using popular 3D printer of which the nose and the skin was created by a handmade artist. It also used a 2D printer for some other facial parts to trick the Face ID system. The company’s official YouTube video channel has uploaded a video to demonstrated the alleged “faulty” Face ID system of Apple.

Mr. Ngo Tuan Anh, Bkav’s Vice President of Cyber Security stated, “The mask is crafted by combining 3D printing with makeup and 2D images, besides some special processing on the cheeks and around the face, where there are large skin areas, to fool AI of Face ID.”

Back in September 2017 during Apple’s Special Event, Senior Vice President Phil Schiller claimed that the Face ID system can differentiate between real human face and masks using the artificial intelligence (AI). As he stated during his speech:

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!

It seems like much anticipated stronger security system for iPhone X is not all that promising, despite the fact that many first time iPhone X users are taking this security features as one of the top reasons to make such purchase decisions.

Only few days back, Wall Street Journal has posted a video on YouTube reviewing Apple’s new iPhone’s Face ID system. It turns out despite Apple’s claims, even identical triplets can bypass the security system.

However, the security firm suggests users to stick to the fingerprint security system as far as the Biometric security system is concern.

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