It seems like security technology is thwarted every single time by pesky hackers and software modders. The most recent example being how quickly DENUVO’s protection service got destroyed by Sonic Mania fans. Now, a group of hackers reported that the iPhone X’s FaceID system is no longer viable.
A few hackers from the other side of the world impressed the masses by unlocking someone’s iPhone X with a mask. However, the real surprise is the fact that this is quite easy to replicate and exploit.
This was done by Vietnamese security firm Bkav. The firm showed a video where they cracked the Facial ID system with a composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts.
This tricked the supposedly most advanced feature in the iPhone X. And allowed the people to unlock the phone without the need of the owner’s face. Which speaks volumes about the supposed expensive feature that was going to be super revolutionary and such.
“Apple has done this not so well,” writes the company. “Face ID can be fooled by mask, which means it is not an effective security measure.” This is a rather serious issue, considering it’s relatively easy to make this happen.
Now, in all fairness this is also a hacking proof-of-concept that, for now, shouldn’t alarm the average iPhone owner. The reason for this is that the printed model costed around $150 dollars to make. It’s also still yet to be confirmed by other security firms and white hat hackers, so there’s that.
The researchers also think that their technique would require a detailed measurement or digital scan of the face of the target iPhone’s owner. This puts their spoofing method in the realm of highly targeted espionage, rather than the sort of run-of-the-mill hacking most iPhone X owners might face. So there’s not so much motive to be alarmed yet.