Apple FaceID tricked by masks and kids
When iPhone X was launched, Apple claimed its Face ID system is unbeatable, but that turned out to be untrue when a group of hackers unlocked an iPhone X after bypassing its Face ID with a specially crafted 3D mask.
The authors of this research are experts from Vietnamese cyber-security firm Bkav, the same company that back in 2009 bypassed some of the first facial recognition systems deployed with laptops. They didn't go as far as to reconstruct accurate masks of the phone owner's face, compared to past experiments that failed. Instead, they focused on the features that needed to be valid for the actual authentication process — getting right the mask's eyes, nose, mouth, face shape, and relief. The whole process took about one week and cost researchers $150 in materials, which excludes this type of hack being used on regular users.
Now, a 10-year-old kid has unlocked his mother’s iPhone X with his face by tricking the Face ID system proving that facial recognition is far from flawless. According to a video uploaded on YouTube, it emerged that you don’t have to look alike to unlock iPhone X of your family members. Apparently, it can be done by anyone having a slight resemblance to a family member. In the video, the mom explained that she set up the Face ID with her face, but her son Ammar who naturally has a resemblance to her face was able to unlock the phone within a second.
while those discovery don't turn FaceID useless, it certainly proves the system is not as unbeatable as Apple pretended. As with any biometrics, the authentication system has a False Acceptance Rate and a False Rejection Rate, which are basically non-existent with traditional passwords. Users will have to keep this in mind while going for the convenience of those authentication systems.