Incident 26: Hackers Break Apple Face ID

Description: Vietnamese security firm Bkav created an improved mask to bypass Apple's Face ID


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Alleged: Apple developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Apple and Device Owners.

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In November 2017, Vietnamese security firm Bkav bypassed Apple's Face ID authentication system by creating a mask made by using photos, stone powder, and 2D printed infrared images. Their experiment was designed to demonstrate the ease of unlocking, low cost (of about $200), and risk posed by using Face ID versus fingerprint-based Touch ID. This experiment provided further evidence from past claims made one month prior.

Short Description

Vietnamese security firm Bkav created an improved mask to bypass Apple's Face ID



Harm Type

Harm to intangible property

AI System Description

1:1 matching facial recognition system to verify and grant access to Apple devices employing Face ID.

System Developer


Sector of Deployment

Information and communication

Relevant AI functions

Perception, Cognition, Action

AI Techniques

Deep learning

AI Applications

Facial recognition



Named Entities

Apple, Bkav

Technology Purveyor

Bkav, Apple

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Lives Lost


Data Inputs

One billion training images, infrared facial scan of individual user

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Sector of Deployment

information and communication

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