Apple Face ID hacked with 3D mask

Occurred: November 2017

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A researcher at Vietnamese cybersecurity firm Bkav claimed to fool Apple’s Face ID facial recognition authentication system using a mask made with a 3D printer, silicone and paper tape. 

Bkav, which had earlier demonstrated how to hack facial recognition-based systems in laptops from Asus, Toshiba, and Lenovo, had bypassed Face ID with a 3D-printed frame, makeup, silicone nose and 2D images, with special processing on the cheeks and around the face, where there are large skin areas.

The hack was greeted with scepticism by some security professionals; however, Reuters said it worked successfully several times when it was shown the demonstration. It was the first reported case of researchers seemingly tricking Face ID. Apple had claimed Face ID to be the safest such system used on a smartphone.

Operator: Apple
Developer: Apple
Country: USA
Sector: Consumer goods
Purpose: Strengthen security
Technology: Facial recognition
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Security; Privacy