Remember when the iPhone X was announced? That Face ID recognition sounded revolutionary af, even if some thought (incorrectly) that it spelled trouble for people who were known to cheat. Now, according to Vietnamese security firm Bkav, your significant other has a better option to unlock your phone than holding it up to your face while you sleep; they just need to make a $150 mask.
A new video hit the internet from Bkav Corp proclaiming to have hacked Face ID. In the clip, an iPhone X appears to be opened with a mask that was, as Bkav put it, "hand-made to trick Apple's AI."
"The mask," Bkav states, "is crafted by combining 3D printing with makeup and 2D images, besides some special processing on the cheeks and around the face, where there are large skin areas, to fool AI of Face ID."
According to Bkav, it didn't take them long to go from concept to hack. The iPhone X was made available on November 3, and Bkav says they started on their mask on November 5. By November 9 (which is the date on the video), they'd hacked the iPhone X (or so they say—their claim has not been independently confirmed).
For those who were unaware of how the iPhone X's Face ID system works, it contains a True Depth camera system that scans your face anytime you're looking at your phone. At the phone's launch, Apple said they worked with mask makers in Hollywood to make sure the X's new recognition system couldn't be hacked.
It's interesting to note that Bkav claims they did what Wired says they weren't able to do, for much cheaper than Wired was going for. What does that mean? Well, if someone wants to hack your iPhone X, they'd have to get their hands on whatever Bkav's working with. It wouldn't even cost $200 to own you(r phone). Stay woke.