Vietnamese cybersecurity firm Bkav, who previously created a mask that was capable of breaching Face ID, has come up with another project that it calls "artificial twin" and demonstrates that it's very easy to bypass the biometric system on the new flagship. 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.
The fact Bkav never showed the Face ID enrolment process in its original clip had raised some eyebrows, but the new video records the whole process. 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.
Funnily enough, this latest experiment was actually a direct response to Apple, which claimed upon the iPhone X's launch that Face ID could probably only be hacked if you happened to have an "evil twin".
The new 3D printed Face ID-fooling mask is made from a stone powder, with 2D infrared pictures of eyes taped over the top-infrared being the technology used by Face ID to detect faces. "Face ID is even attention-aware". Post the iPhone X going on sale, there were reports of the Face ID being easily fooled. In its place we have Face ID, which allows the tenth anniversary iPhone to be unlocked with just a glance of someone's face. With this feature turned on, the iPhone X does not unlock if you have your eyes closed or you do not look directly at the smartphone. This feature is reportedly meant to prevent Face ID from being unlocked with a mask or photograph or when you are looking away from your phone.
It unlocked flawlessly twice in a row for the mask, which sounds worrying, and indeed Bkav reckons that based on this users shouldn't use Face ID to secure sensitive data or in business transactions. Prior to testing the mask, Bkav made sure that the iPhone X is protected with the owner's Face ID recognition and also all the security options are toggled on.
This is not the first time Face ID has been fooled.