Researchers are claiming a cheap mask can fool iPhone X Face ID

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When Apple launched iPhone X back in September, the company waxed lyrical on its new Face ID technology, a path-breaking facial recognition feature that used specialised hardware and a flood illuminator to create 30,000 invisible dots to map a person's face.

"The mask was made by a combination of 3D printing and supported by makeup and some 2D images". The other parts, such as the eyes are 2D-printed and there is special processing in selected areas. To further test it, Sherwani tried registering her face again a few hours later, to replicate the indoor, nighttime lighting conditions in which she first set up her iPhone X. The problem returned; Ammar unlocked the phone on his third try this time. Each capture hones the AI's ability to distinguish the owner from an imposter.

There's absolutely no reason you should go to bed wearing protective facewear of some sort to stay safe from unauthorized iPhone X unlocking attempts, but if you want to play a prank on someone and take over their precious new handset, a mask could be the way to go.

"Face ID can be fooled by mask, which means it is not an effective security measure". When Apple unveiled the iPhone X, it claimed the Face ID was so secure that even the best quality masks wouldn't be able to fool it.

To create their mask, they didn't use just one material, like silicone, but merged different techniques.

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Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bkav also published a YouTube video that shows one of their staff members pulling a piece of cloth from a 3D-printed mask.

Apple said that the probability a random person could unlock your phone with Face ID is 1 in 1 million. It has been developing with the specific aim of fooling Face ID's depth-mapping technology. "This seems like an unlikely sequence of events". As soon as the cloth is removed from the mask, the phone unlocks.

"Country leaders, leaders of major corporations...are the ones that need to know about the issue, because their devices are worth illegal unlock attempts", the company wrote.