Whenever a technology firm announces a new super-duper security measure to lock up their devices, it’s basically a race against time until someone breaks it.
But even so, people are surprised at just how quickly Apple’s hi-tech new Face ID for iPhone X seems to have been ‘pwned’ – with researchers able to get through the facial scan used to ID owners.
Vietnamese security firm Bkav claims to have broken Face ID (although it’s yet to be confirmed by other security firms) with a simple mask.
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.