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Earlier this month, Vietnamese cybersecurity firm Bkav released a video supposedly showing how it could trick the iPhone X's Face ID using a mask.

iPhone X users must be feeling a little unsure of their Face ID security. Bkav is back at it again and has been able to use another mask to defeat Face ID even with the added security of Face Detection turned on. If those numbers are accurate, that 10 times more than what Face ID grabs in the same time frame. Mashable tested the feature on identical twins by making one register his face on the iPhone X, verify that he could unlock the phone by looking at it and then hand the locked device to his identical twin brother. The experts used a 3D mask made of stone powder, which costs roughly U.S. $200, as well as glued 2D images of the eyes.

"About 2 weeks ago, we recommended that only very important people such as national leaders, large corporation leaders, billionaires, etc. should be cautious when using Face ID", the researchers said in a blog post. However, with this research result, we have to raise the severity level to every casual users: "Face ID is not secure enough to be used in business transactions", said Bkav Vice President of Cybersecurity Ngo Tuan Anh, as he explained just how much of an improvement this mask was over its predecessor.

Once the mask was set up to match an iPhone X's owner's face, with the strictest security settings, it can apparently quickly trick the $999 iPhone security tech, unlocking the handset immediately.

In this clip, we see the researcher capture his Face ID profile in real time. With the introduction of the edge-to-edge display on the iPhone X, Apple had to get rid of the home button and as a result TouchID.

The process, as simple as Bkav likes to make it sound, is still rather complex. All in all, Bkav estimates the process runs around $200. It has dubbed it the "artificial twin", as the method copies the way Face ID can be fooled by a user's identical (or near identical) sibling.

Both of those features are meant to add an extra layer of security to Face ID by forcing the user to look at the iPhone to unlock. Let us know down in the comments.


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