This isn't great news for Apple who has been talking up its Face ID tech in support notes: "It's created to protect against spoofing by masks or other techniques through the use of sophisticated anti-spoofing neural networks". However, with this research result, we have to raise the severity level to every casual users: "Face ID is not secure enough to be used in business transactions".
A customer sets up Face ID on his new iPhone X at the Apple Store Union Square on November 3, 2017, in San Francisco, California.
Huawei has a history of trying to beat Apple at its own game (it unveiled a "Force Touch" phone days before the iPhone 6s launch), and that's truer than ever now that the iPhone X is in town. For example one of the below-embedded video shows how Face ID works in low light and even dark conditions, and how the feature works in light without any problem because of the TrueDepth camera sensor and more. The security firm suggested that only very high-profile iPhone X users-politicians, for example-should be wary of this kind of hacking threat, and that everyday users should not panic too much about 3D printed masks.
Apple stated this about its facial recognition technology, "Face ID matches against depth information, which isn't found in print or 2D digital photographs". However, at that time, questions were raised whether the company had turned the Face ID's "Required Attention" feature on or not. Possibly, Bkav says. Although the mask requires a high-quality 3D image of the person whose phone is being hacked, the entire process (materials, 3D printing etc.) only costs around $200. In its place we have Face ID, which allows the tenth anniversary iPhone to be unlocked with just a glance of someone's face.
This is not the first time Face ID has been fooled.
We contacted Apple for comment, but knowing Cupertino's lot, it may be a while before we get a response.