Amid a lot of debate around how effective it is to get rid of Apple Touch ID in favour of Face ID for iPhone users, a YouTube video demonstrating how easy it is to trick Apple Face ID, has left netizens dumbstruck. And for a reason, I’m sure. Apple iPhone X price runs up to Rs 1,02,000 in India, and the last thing customers hope to see is a possibility of their data or security being compromised by even an inch after spending such a hefty amount. Let alone watching Apple’s Face ID falling for anything other than their own face.
Vietnamese firm Bkav released a new video that demonstrates how a simple mask managed to bypass Apple’s flagship Face ID security. As the firm went on to explain, the mask was made up of both 2D and 3D elements combined into a face lookalike, it could unlock the device without much hassle. Now, if this is true, it may cause trouble (or discomfort) to users. Bkav further termed the experiment as mere “proof of concept.” It also explained that the results were achieved without having the iPhone train with the mask itself but with an actual face of someone from the team.
Bkav did not reveal the number of attempts it required to successfully unlock the device. However, it said that it cost $150 without a 3D printer. The firm also clarified that it is not easy to make the ‘correct’ mask without certain knowledge of security. The only reason it could probably achieve the end result was due to their understanding of the overall working of the Face ID feature. So, not all iPhone X users are under an immediate threat of their Face ID being compromised. But it remains to be seen how Apple plugs this hole in the coming days and prevents this from happening in the future.
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