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Hacking the iPhone X with 3D Printed Faces

3DPrint reports on cyber security firm Bkav, who has used 3D printed faces in order to hack Apple’s new facial recognition software on the iPhone X.  They were able to dismantle Apple’s claim of invulnerable security barely a week after the new phone was released.

Face ID – Apple’s new security measure, is “enabled by Apple’s TrueDepth camera, projecting and analyzing over 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face.  Face ID is different from other electronic devices’ image recognition techniques due to this dot projection, which creates a 3D image by directing beams of infrared light at a person’s face” in order to learn it.  Other faces are locked out of that particular phone.

“Apple claims there is a one in a million chance of another person being able to beat Face ID.”

They are wrong.

Laying aside the identical twins issue (which is already a proven hack), “a team of Bkav hackers and researchers say they have used a 3D printed mask, which only cost $150 to make, to fool the Face ID software.”

Bkav’s Vice President of Cyber Security, Ngo Tuan Anh, quite rightly explains: “Apple’s new Face ID is not an effective security measure.  The mask is crafted by combining 3D printing with makeup and 2D images, besides some special processing on the cheeks and around the face, where there are large skin areas, to fool AI of Face ID.”

“Bkav made a silicone nose and printed 3D images for the eyes to complete the 3D printed mask, whit it says could be replicated by knowledgeable hackers with access to 3D scanners.”

As Anh concludes: “Exploitation is difficult for normal users, but simple for professional ones.”

Video, Image, and Quotes Courtesy of Bkav and 3DPrint

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