A team of Vietnamese hackers claim that they were able to unlock the phone with a technique that involves relatively cheap materials: a $150 3-D printed mask. Cybersecurity experts at Bkav, a Vietnam-based online security firm, published Friday a video showing how they were able to bypass an iPhone X‘s security system:
They used a 3-D printed mask made of silicone, plastic, and makeup. The eyes, mouth and nose consisted of 2-D paper cutouts applied to the mask. Other experts haven’t confirmed the technique, but if it does work, Apple’s expensive handset’s security could be seriously compromised.
However, other tech experts assure us that the average iPhone user is not at risk, at least for the time being.
Bkav, on the other hand, blasted Apple for creating a facial recognition tech that can be “fooled by a mask” and is less secure than Touch ID.
Average Users Not at Risk… For Now
The firm’s proof-of-concept video shows an iPhone X instantly unlocking at the sight of the 3-D printed mask impersonating the real owner. The relatively cheap mask apparently can bypass the handset’s infrared sensors and mapping technology which needs to connect 30,000 dots on the user’s face to confirm his identity.
Hackers, however, admitted that, in the real world, the technique is not readily available. They needed a detailed map of the user’s face which required five minutes of scanning the victim’s face. This means that only spy agencies have the exact know-how and technology to create the mask.
Still, the research team promised to come with a less time-consuming technique that could re-create the victim’s face from photographs or a brief smartphone scan.
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