10YearOld Tricks Mothers iPhone X Face ID

first_imgStay on target Hacking Apple’s iPhone X facial recognition system is not easy. Unless you’re a criminal mastermind. Or a 10-year-old kid from Staten Island.Like Arthur pulling the sword from the stone, fifth-grader Ammar Malik appears to be the true king of his mother’s smartphone.Attaullah Malik and Sana Sherwani recently discovered their son’s ability after giving him a spin on their new handsets, assuming he’d struggle for access and quickly give up.But within a second of Ammar looking at Sherwani’s device, the iPhone unlocked.“It was funny at first,” Malik told Wired. “But it wasn’t really funny afterward. My wife and I text all the time, and there might be something we don’t want him to see. Now my wife has to delete her texts when there’s something she doesn’t want Ammar to look at.”Apple introduced its 10th-anniversary handset in September, calling it “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.”Packed with features like Super Retina display, an A11 Bionic chip, and wireless charging, the 5.8-inch edge-to-edge device does away with Touch ID.Instead, Cupertino introduced a 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera system, which uses a dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator to map and recognize the user’s face.(The same technology brings emoji to life as animated characters controlled with, you guessed it—your face.)In the week-and-a-half since its wide release, the iPhone X has been put through its paces, Face ID tested by hackers around the world, with little success.A Vietnamese security firm claims they’ve cracked the function, using a composite mask of plastic, silicone, makeup, and paper cutouts. The demonstration, however, has yet to be confirmed publicly by other security researchers.So how, then, did an innocent kid fool Apple’s high-tech biometrics?Animojis in action (via Apple)The company has conceded that twins, and even non-identical family members, may be able to infiltrate the iPhone X. According to the Face ID support page, “the statistical probability is different for twins and siblings that look like you and among children under the age of 13, because their distinct facial features may not have fully developed.”As Malik pointed out in a LinkedIn post, the geometry of his son’s and wife’s faces “don’t match”: For one, Ammar’s mug is smaller than Sherwani’s.“Also, the additional neural network present in iPhone X that’s trained to spot and resist spoofing doesn’t work as intended in this scenario,” he wrote.In situations like this, Cupertino suggests using a passcode for added security.According to the family, Ammar can dependably unlock his mother’s phone, while he gained access to his dad’s device only once.Apple did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week last_img read more