3D-printed head made it possible to hack almost all modern smartphones

Experts have found a new unexpected vulnerability in the protection of modern gadgets, based on the analysis of biometric data. Forbes journalist Thomas Brewster ordered a detailed 3D printed copy of his head. Then, with its help, he checked the protection of many popular smartphones and came to a disappointing conclusion.

Brewster tried to unlock the machines by exposing not his own face for scanning, but a detailed plastic copy of it. And only Apple's Face ID system in the iPhone refused, while all Samsung flagship models easily accepted the substitution. It should be noted that for the human eye, the copy of the head was clearly artificial and even rough, but the sensors of the smartphone did not suspect a trick.

This not the most pleasant discovery makes people skeptical about those who argue that the time of alphanumeric passwords has passed, and the future lies only in biometrics. Alas, the latest tricks of hackers and science enthusiasts show that both fingerprints and the pattern of the iris of the eye, and now also the face, are much easier to fake than it seemed before. And relying only on such methods of blocking gadgets is reckless.

An additional disadvantage is that getting a 3D copy of an unknown person's head is even easier than obtaining samples of his fingerprints. For this, a few high-resolution frames are enough, and if there are clear recordings of street surveillance cameras, then the task is completely reduced to laboratory work for computer students. It is possible that such methods have long been in service with the special services.