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Can iPhone's Face ID Be Fooled By a Mask?

Associated Press reporter Anick Jesdanun demonstrates Face ID, Apple's name for its facial-recognition technology, on an iPhone X, in New York.

Associated Press reporter Anick Jesdanun demonstrates Face ID, Apple's name for its facial-recognition technology, on an iPhone X, in New York. // Mark Lennihan/AP

Face ID might not be as secure as Apple has stated.

A security firm from Vietnam claims they've found a way to trick the Face ID security feature on iPhone X.

The firm, BKAV, created a mask to bypass the facial recognition system. This isn't your typical halloween mask, however. Researchers at BKAV used a 3D printed-frame, including a handmade silicon nose and mouth as well as cut-outs for eyes. The mask costs only $150 to make, though they also made several other masks that did not crack Face ID, so the process isn't that easy.

Apple has repeatedly reassured customers that the multi-sensor Face ID system is very secure and cannot be fooled by something like a mask. The company claims that the chance of spoofing it is 1 in a million. But perhaps the researchers at BKAV have beaten those odds.

To learn more, check out the video below from CNET

By Caitlin Fairchild November 14, 2017

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