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Tech Firm Uses Mask To Beat iPhone X Face ID, But Twitter Doesn't Seem All That Concerned

When the iPhone X debuted, people were endlessly fascinated by the facial recognition software that allows you to unlock your phone using only a glance. Apple touted the new software as being extremely secure. However, a Vietnamese cybersecurity firm called Bkav has just released a video on YouTube showing that the security system can be cracked with well-made masks. While twins have been able to trick the phones and "hack" their way past the lock, this is the first time masks have successfully broken through the facial recognition software.

By matching the specific facial areas the iPhone X scans when "deciding" whether or not to unlock, Bkav was able to fool the phone into thinking it was seeing a person. The mask, however, requires a lot of detail: a 3D printed frame, silicon nose, and photographic recreations of the eyes and mouth.

But Twitter users aren't too worried about the new "hack":

Bkav estimates the production of a phone-hacking mask would cost around $150, which seems a bit high to most people:

After all, there are easier ways to hack a phone:

Plus, to make the mask, you would probably need the face you're trying to recreate:

During the iPhone X introduction event, Phil Schiller said the phone's engineers had worked with professional mask-makers from Hollywood so the new product would recognize the difference between a real face and a false one. While he admitted no biometric system was without flaw, he also pointed out that only about 1 in 1,000,000 faces would be able to randomly trick a stranger's phone. 

Joanna Stern even tested the facial recognition against masks for the Wall Street Journal:

iPhone X owners seem to agree: if hackers go through all the work of making Bkav's mask, they've earned whatever they find.

H/T: Twitter, The Verge