By Tyler Durden
Here’s the latest sign that the long-awaited facial recognition technology introduced by the iPhone X that caused production delays and myriad other headaches for Foxconn and its suppliers doesn’t live up to Apple’s lofty claims: A group of Vietnamese hackers became the first in the world to defeat the phone’s Face ID security, accomplishing the task with relative ease using a $150 silicone prop.
On Friday, Vietnamese security firm Bkav released a blog post and video purportedly showing them cracking Face ID with a composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts, which they assembled to successfully trick the iPhone X into unlocking. That demonstration, which has yet to be confirmed publicly by other security researchers, could poke a hole in the expensive security of the iPhone X, particularly given that the researchers say their mask cost just $150 to make, according to Wired.
To be sure, this vulnerability shouldn’t alarm the average iPhone owner, given the time, effort, and access to someone’s face required to recreate the silicone mask used by the hackers. Creating the dummy used to fool the phone required a detailed measurement or digital scan of hacker who owned the phone. However, the notion …read more