Hackers say a mask fooled Face ID on iPhone X

Apple CEO Tim Cook holds an iPad during a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino California

The smartphone rival admitted the flaw but said that it never claimed facial recognition was uncrackable. The cybersecurity firm did stress that "billionaires, leaders of major corporations, nation leaders and agents like FBI" need to be aware of the problem.

Face ID allows a user to unlock their iPhone X, make purchases from various Apple digital stores and authenticate Apple Pay transactions to pay using stored payment card data. All in all it cost $150 to make Bkav states that its researchers used a "popular 3D printer", for the facial frame, with a nose "made by a handmade artist".

But Bkav claims that it has found a fake face fix that does the trick.

Anyone with an iPhone knows they have the choice to either set a numerical pass code or use their fingerprint embedded in the phone's home button to unlock their phone, so strangers aren't able to access their information.

The firm hit out at Apple, saying it "has done this not so well" and claiming their video shows "they haven't carried out scientific and serious estimation before deciding to replace Touch ID with Face ID".

Apple has said in its white paper that the iPhone X Face ID analyzes only specific parts of your facial features.

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Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone X during a launch event in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 12, 2017. The iPhone X, which became available November 3, has numerous other security functions that would make most such hacks impractical for all but the most dedicated criminals, and perhaps still unachievable, those experts said.

The fact that someone would need to be in the same room with you means this Face ID hack isn't much of a threat to most people. Face ID is even attention-aware.

It took the researchers some attempts to get the mask right in order to trick Face ID, but at $150, around £114, to create the mask, the hack is not massively expensive providing one has the knowledge how to create it to specifically beat facial recognition systems. However, the security agency has not detailed the process of how they went about training the iPhone X with the original victim's face and then spoofed it with a 3D mask.

To create their mask, they didn't use just one material, like silicone, but merged different techniques.

Bkav researchers began testing Face ID as soon as the iPhone X was released to them last week.

However, this doesn't seem to be a widespread issue and reports are still mixed at this point, with some users claiming a noticeable slowdown, others say that their phones are working as fast as on day one.

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