Engelbrecht Kruger Attorneys - Cellphone Security

Bypassing Apple FaceID's Liveness Detection Feature

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It is true that the average cellphone contains much personal information, and we found the 2019 Blackhat talk informative where a researcher bypassed Apple's FaceID.

A security expert note that Apple's FaceID has a liveness detection feature, which prevents someone from unlocking a victim's phone by putting it in front of his face while he's sleeping. That feature has been hacked:

Researchers on Wednesday during Black Hat USA 2019 demonstrated an attack that allowed them to bypass a victim's FaceID and log into their phone simply by putting a pair of modified glasses on their face. By merely placing tape carefully over the lenses of a pair glasses and placing them on the victim's face the researchers demonstrated how they could bypass Apple's FaceID in a specific scenario. The attack itself is difficult, given the bad actor would need to figure out how to put the glasses on an unconscious victim without waking them up.

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