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How Secure is Apple’s FaceID Technology?

Ever since the release of the new iPhone X, I’ve been waiting for stories like this to appear. I did not have to wait very long:

Using a composite 3D-printed mask, a team of Vietnamese researchers claim to have fooled Apple’s Face ID authentication system in “super-premium” iPhone X, stressing that face recognition is “not mature enough” to guarantee security for smartphones.

At iPhone X launch event, Apple’s Senior Vice President Phil Schiller had claimed that Face ID can distinguish human’s real face from masks, thanks to its artificial intelligence (AI).

Using a 3D printer, the team at Vietnamese security firm Bkav created a mask that cost them $150.

“Nose was made by a handmade artist. We use 2D printing for other parts (similar to how we tricked Face Recognition nine years ago). The skin was also hand-made to trick Apple’s Artificial Intelligence,” Bkav said in a blog post.

I have always thought the claims of FaceID being “more secure” than current phone access methods to be a bunch of hokum; the primary reason FaceID was put in the iPhone X was because Apple was looking for a gimmick way to make the phone appear fresh and new to drum up sales. All smartphone manufacturers do this, and Apple is no different.