Biometric security systems are quite controversial because poor quality implementation can be easily deceived. Apple claims that their Face ID debut on the iPhone X is the most advanced face recognition system. It can not be fooled even by Hollywood masks. But a security specialists from the Vietnamese company Bkav created a mask that cheated Face ID.
So far, there was only one way to unlock another person iPhone X protected by Face ID. But it was not a surprise, because Phil Schiller mentioned earlier about this issue. Of course, this is so-called evil twin problem. The most interesting fact is that tests conducted with twins have shown that Face ID can in some cases distinguish identical-looking siblings. That is why Bkav’s employees achievement is very impressive.
The experimental mask is not yet perfect, but it was enough to fool the current implementation of Face ID in the iPhone X.
Bkav has already had previous demonstrations of the imperfections of facial recognition systems. In 2008, specialists from the same company showed that the solutions implemented in laptops can be deceived. The mask used in the experiment was built from materials costing only $150. Of course, a 3D printer was also needed. At the moment we can not say that facial recognition systems have no future. Apple most likely deliberately lowered Face ID security, because the iPhone X can be unlocked even when half of our face is covered. Bkav employees believe that Apple is very trustworthy in its artificial intelligence algorithms, which is designed to learn the correct recognition of the user’s face and changes in it. Normal users should not worry too much about the first Face ID crack, because creation of the mask requires expert knowledge about the biometric systems. Normal users should not be afraid of their privacy. But country leaders, corporation bosses and security agents should remember that facial recognition systems can be fooled. According to Bkav company, the safest biometric security system at this moment is the fingerprint reader.