10-year-old kid uses his face to unlock mom’s iPhone X with Face ID

When iPhone X was launched, Apple claimed its Face ID system is unbeatable, but that turned out to be untrue when a group of hackers unlocked an iPhone X after bypassing its Face ID with a specially crafted 3D mask a few days ago. Now, a 10-year-old kid has unlocked his mother’s iPhone X with his face by tricking the Face ID system proving that facial recognition is still vulnerable and “not mature enough” at this point.

According to a video uploaded on YouTube, it emerged that you don’t have to look alike to unlock iPhone X of your family members. Apparently, it can be done by anyone having a slight resemblance to a family member.  In the video, the mom explained that she set up the Face ID with her face, but her son Ammar who naturally has a resemblance to her face was able to unlock the phone within a second.

To take the test on to a new level, the mother set up a new Face ID on the same device with different lighting condition, this time her son failed to unlock the phone however when she restored the set up to the original one, her son was able to unlock the phone once again. 

Ammar’s father Mr. Attaullah Malik wrote in a post on LinkedIn that “Apparently, TrueDepth camera’s depth map of my wife’s face, which was created by projecting and analyzing over 30,000 dots, wasn’t accurate enough as it worked with my 10-year-old son. He doesn’t fall under the “twins” exception and has a big age difference compared to my wife. His face is smaller than my wife’s face and the geometry of their faces don’t match, at least to human eyes. 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.”

Apple introduced Face ID to make iPhone X more secure and protected from third party intrusion, however, recent incidents have proved the situation otherwise. As of now, there hasn’t been any comment from the company, but if you are an iPhone X user, you better hide your phone from your siblings and other close relatives otherwise your data and private conversations might be accessed by others and that would be the situation no one wants to be in.

Source: LinkedIn / Via: Wired

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Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.