Ultimately, the company thinks this probably means that regular iPhone X users aren't at a high risk of having their phone hacked into by mischievous intruders armed with 3D printers and fake noses.
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. "In order to compromise Face ID authentication, the attacker would have to have a detailed map of the face of the user, create a mask that would map the exact details of the victim's face, unlock the phone within five attempts, and do all of this within 48 hours". In the following demonstration video, they also showed the unlocking of an iPhone X for both the mask and the person.
Bkav isn't new to this kind of security testing.
This is still a proof of concept, so it may not reliably work or be easy to replicate, and it also looks like a lot of effort for a common thief to go to.
It's not clear why the iPhone X was fooled by this less convincing, and frankly extremely creepy mask.
Bkav's Anh said the research took about a week, and included numerous failures.
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These users might want to take extra steps beyond Face ID if they want their device fully protected. In most cases, the iPhone X was able to tell apart between identical twins. Apple has claimed that it was working on a fix to ensure that identical twins can't fool the system. If you are just a casual user, you need not worry.
So should you be anxious? Casual users are more likely to be troubled by acquaintances and thieves that would give up after a few attempts.
Face ID uses artificial intelligence to distinguish real faces from images, videos or masks, but it "learns" a face over time.
Bkav wrote in its blog that the efforts involved to fool the Face ID would make it incredibly hard to compromise casual users. "On the inverse, if security is your priority, until more is tested against Face ID, I'd suggest using only a passcode, all the time".
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