ANDROID users are being warned about their security after face-scanners on popular phones were fooled by a fake head. Major brands like Samsung and LG were tricked by the 3D-printed face, allowing instant access to the locked phone. Back in 2017, Apple introduced a feature called Face ID on the iPhone X (which returned on the iPhone XR and iPhone XS this year). It used a complex system of sensors to scan your face, verifying your identity extremely accurately. Apple says the chances of someone else being able to unlock your phone with Face ID is one in a million. Android phone makers quickly copied the tech, but generally introduced less complicated versions – with significantly worse accuracy. Now a Forbes cybersecurity writer has put these copycat phones to the test, by pitting them against a 3D-printed head. Thomas Brewster tasked a start-up called Backface in Birmingham, UK, with creating an accurate 3D-printed head. The head, built from gypsum powder, can be produced in just … [Read more...] about Android users at RISK as face scanner unlocked by 3D-printed head worth £300 – but iPhone is ‘impenetrable’
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Smartphones equipped with state-of-the-art facial recognition technology can be accessed with relative ease using a 3D-printed model head of the owner, new research has found. An investigation showed that Android phones were the least secure, with four popular models capable of being unlocked using the technique, potentially allowing hackers to access personal details, payments systems and sensitive information. Bold claims have been made by some smartphone makers about the security of their security software, with some boasting they offer "military grade" levels of protection. However, many have admitted their facial recognitition technology is not as secure as other security methods such as PIN codes or fingerprint scanning. But during tests, facial recognition systems on phones including the Samsung S9, Samsung Note 8, OnePlus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ were all duped into unlocking the phone by the 3D printed head. Apple's iPhone, however, proved "impenetrable". Joseph Carson, chief … [Read more...] about 3D printed head can unlock facial recognition systems on popular Android phones
Popular Android smartphones can be broken into by using a 3D printed head to get around facial recognition technology, according to a Forbes report, revealing its limitations as a security measure. Forbes reporter Tom Brewster says he managed to successfully break into four Android phones by bypassing the facial recognition software with a 3D printed model of his head that cost £300 to make. All four Google Android phones opened thanks to the head made of gypsum powder. The iPhone, however, wasn’t fooled. The team tested an iPhone X, a LG G7 ThinQ, a Samsung S9, a Samsung Note 8 and a OnePlus 6. They set up facial recognition on each of the phones using the reporter’s real face. They then used the 3D model to successfully unlock the phones. Also on rt.com Taylor Swift sparks privacy concerns for secretly using facial recognition tech on fans Only some of the phones, like, the LG G7 and the Samsung S9, warned about the limitations of facial recognition. Read … [Read more...] about Android phone facial recognition security ‘tricked by 3D printed head’
Aamer Madhani and Andrew Wolfson USA TODAY Published 9:48 p.m. UTC Aug 1, 2018 If gun rights activist Cody Wilson gets his way in his ongoing legal battle, soon anybody – including convicted felons and the mentally ill – with a few raw materials and access to an industrial 3D printer could build a plastic firearm, gun-control advocates say. But will people, particularly a criminal or someone else intent on carrying out violence, bother to make the effort? Tech experts and stakeholders in the gun-control debate are divided on whether the emergence of 3D-printed plastic guns presents an immediate new safety threat to U.S communities. A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday placed a temporary injunction until Aug. 10 against Wilson from publishing his blueprints on his website, Defcad.com. Some 3D print experts, however, say even if Wilson wins his battle, the plastic gun is, at least at this point, not a practical weapon. “It’s not feasible to print … [Read more...] about 3D-printed guns might be inevitable. But are they a practical weapon of choice for criminals?
A British hospital has become the first in the word to use 3D printing to pre-plan a complicated transplantation of an adult kidney into a small child. Dexter Clark, aged two, of Reading, Berkshire, was born with severe kidney problems which left him only able to eat from a feeding tube. Although his father Brendan, 36, a regional schemes manager for AXA, agreed to donate his kidney, the adult organ was huge compared to cavity in which it was to sit, leaving surgeons worried that it would not fit. But in a pioneering procedure, doctors at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, scanned Mr Clark’s kidney and his son’s abdomen and 3D printed both so that surgeons could find out if the transplant was even possible, and then work out the best way to insert the organ. In Dexter’s case, the 3D printed models were also taken into the operating theatre on the day of the transplant and reviewed by transplant surgeons. His mother Emily Clark, 36, an IT … [Read more...] about Surgeons use 3D printing to check dad’s kidney would fit in son’s abdomen in pioneering operation