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    3D mask fools Apple iPhone X's Face ID

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:18 IST

    A team of Vietnamese researchers claims to have fooled Apple's Face ID authentication system in the iPhone X. 

    3D mask fools Apple iPhone X's Face ID
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    Using a composite 3D-printed mask, a team of Vietnamese researchers claims to have fooled Apple's Face ID authentication system in the "super-premium" iPhone X, stressing that face recognition is "not mature enough" to guarantee security for smartphones.

    At an iPhone X launch event recently, Apple's Senior Vice President Phil Schiller claimed that Face ID can distinguish real human face from masks, thanks to its artificial intelligence (AI).

    Using a 3D printer, the team at Vietnamese security firm Bkav created a mask that cost them $150.

    "Nose was made by a handmade artist. We use 2D printing for other parts (similar to how we tricked Face Recognition nine years ago). The skin was also hand-made to trick Apple's Artificial Intelligence," Bkav said in a blog post.

    "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," said Ngo Tuan Anh, Bkav's Vice President of Cyber Security.

    The Bkav security experts who also posted a video on how they did this said Face ID can be fooled by mask, which means it is not an effective security measure.

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