Apple facial recognition fail

It looks like Apple may have been defeated with its facial recognition technology as hackers claim they have

It looks like Apple may have been defeated with its facial recognition technology as hackers claim they have managed to successfully beaten the system in just one week.

Facial recognition

To reduce Cyber Security risks, Apple have decided that the implementation of face ID was the way forward with the new smartphone. It scans the whole of the face and can be used to unlock the device, authorize purchases from the app store and iTunes with Apple Pay. You can also sign in to apps using the technology and also auto fill passwords in Safari.

iPhoneX-facial-recognition

It works by using a dot technique which directs infrared lights at the users face so the phone can learn and recognize the shape and features of their face. This technology replaces the fingerprint scanner which has been used on the last few previous devices, but for bigger and better viewing they made the screen bigger and removed the button completely.

How the feature has been defeated

In just one week since the release of the iPhone X, hackers have claimed that they have managed to defeat the system when Apple have already stated it is impervious. According to the Cyber Security firm Bkav 3D printed masks which cost around £115 are able to fool the Face ID.

iPhoneX-facial-mask

Apple have stated that there is a one in a million chance of someone else being able to unlock the device using facial recognition, but has this theory proved that it’s not as secure as what people think?

Can it be done to everyone?

The hackers that managed to break the system have clarified that for every user it’s not possible because it requires knowledge of what needs to be analysed of the persons face and how to create the mask itself. For professionals it is much simpler and is difficult for normal users.

So unless you know your stuff then unfortunately you won’t be able to give it a go.

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