Has someone already broken iPhone X’s hi-tech Face ID security?

Rob Waugh
You probably don’t need to worry about someone hacking your iPhone X’s Face ID with a mask

Well, that didn’t take very long: a group of security researchers claim to be the first to break through Apple’s hi-tech Face ID security for iPhone X.

The researchers at Bkav claim that they can get through the security system by fooling the face scanner with a mask which costs just £100 to create.

Vietnamese security firm Bkav claims the composite mask (made of 3D printed plastic and make-up) was able to unlock an iPhone locked with Face ID, the researchers said.

Bkav said in a blog post, ‘Face ID can be fooled by mask, which means it is not an effective security measure.’

The firm admits that it’s unlikely ordinary users will be targeted by this method – but it could mean the phone is too insecure for anyone who might be a target of spies or industrial espionage.

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Terry Ray, CTO at Imperva said: ‘Nothing is 100% secure. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. The questions are: How much trouble would someone go to, and how much would they spend, to get your data?

‘It’s important to note that the attacks being talked about are individual bespoke attacks that must be built and executed against each victim separately. This is in addition to stealing the individual’s phone and getting access to it before the owner can remotely wipe the device. Is your data so valuable that someone would go to this effort?’