The 'artificial twin' that can unlock an iPhone X: New version of $200 mask that can even fool the phone's attention monitoring sensor
- The 3-D printed mask that can bypass Apple's iPhone X Face ID system
- It was made with stone powder and 2D infrared images glued on the eye area?
- This is the same technology that Apple's Face ID uses to detect facial images
- The firm warns that Face ID is not secure enough to use in business transactions
Earlier this month, a Vietnamese firm made a $150 prototype mask that tricked Apple's Face ID system to unlock an iPhone X.
Now, the firm has created an upgraded version of the mask that looks more realistic - and it can also fool the iPhone X's face ID detection.
The mask, which was made using stone powder with 2D infrared images glued on the eye area, was also able unlock an iPhone X in a video demonstration.??
The firm warns that because of this, Apple's Face ID is not secure enough to use in business transactions.?
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The mask (pictured), which was made using stone powder with 2D infrared images glued on the eye area, was able unlock an iPhone X in a video demonstration
WHEN FACE ID FAILS?
According to Apple, users?must enter their passcode for additional security validation when:
- The device has just been turned on or restarted.?
- The device hasn’t been unlocked for more than 48 hours.?
- The passcode hasn’t been used to unlock the device in the last six and a half days and Face ID hasn't unlocked the device in the last 4 hours.?
- The device has received a remote lock command.?
- After five unsuccessful attempts to match a face.?
- After initiating power off/Emergency SOS by pressing and holding either volume button and the side button simultaneously for 2 seconds.
Last month, a pair of?twins were able to bypass Apple's iPhone X Face ID, even though just one of them had pre-registered his face - highlighting problems with Apple's Face ID.????
Now, Vietamese firm Bkav says that the latest version of their mask, which costs $200, has 'eyes' that are printed infrared images - the same technology that Apple's Face ID uses to detect facial images.
In a video, the firm demonstrated that the mask was indeed able to unlock an Iphone X via its face recognition software.
A demonstrator in the video first deleted all of the Face ID data, and enabled the two advanced security option available on the software.?
He then enrolled his face as the new owner face of the phone by scanning his face on the phone's Face ID setting.?
When testing the mask to see if it would unlock the phone, the demonstrator lowered the front of the phone in front of the mask.?
After about seven seconds, the phone's screen lights up and appears unlocked.?
'This mask, and me, like twins, are like twins,' the demonstrator says.?
'We call this mask 'the artificial twin.'??
The firm says that the latest version of the mask, which costs $200, has 'eyes' that are printed infrared images - the same technology that Apple's Face ID used to detect facial images
When testing the mask to see if it would unlock the phone, the demonstrator lowered the front of the phone in front of the mask. After about seven seconds, the phone's screen lights up and appears unlocked (pictured)
Mr. Ngo Tuan Anh, Bkav's Vice President of Cyber Security, said: 'About 2 weeks ago, we recommended that only very important people such as national leaders, large corporation leaders, billionaires, etc. should be cautious when using Face ID.?
'However, with this research result, we have to raise the severity level to every casual users: Face ID is not secure enough to be used in business transactions.'
At the iPhone X launch, Apple did make a point to recommend that people with concerns about an 'evil twin' should switch to using a passcode to authenticate.?
HOW APPLE'S FACE ID WORKS?
Face ID uses a TrueDepth front-facing camera on the iPhone X, which has multiple components.?
A Dot Projector projects more than 30,000 invisible dots onto your face to map its structure.
The dot map is then read by an infrared camera and the structure of your face is relayed to the A11 Bionic chip in the iPhone X, where it is turned into a mathematical model.?
The A11 chip then compares your facial structure to the facial scan stored in the iPhone X during the setup process.?
Face ID uses infrared to scan your face, so it works in low lighting conditions and in the dark.?
A man uses the facial recognition feature on an iPhone X in the Apple Store on Regent Street, London, as the new handset went on-sale in the UK on Friday November 3, 2017
It will?only unlock your device when you look in the direction of the iPhone X with your eyes open.
Face ID captures both a 3-D and 2-D image of your face using infrared light while you're looking straight at the camera.?
Five unsuccessful attempts at Face ID will force you to enter a passcode - which you'll need anyway just to set up facial recognition.?
That requires you to come up with a secure string of digits - or, for extra security, a string of letters and numbers - to protect your privacy.?
Face ID also adapts to changes in your appearance over time, so it will continue to recognize you as you grow a beard or grow your hair longer.?
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