Face recognition on Google & # 39; s Pixel 4 works with people's eyes CLOSED and means that users' phones can be opened by others while they are sleeping
- Tests showed that the phone could be opened by someone who pretended to be asleep
- Google recognized the feature and said users could improve security
- It comes after Samsung & # 39; s Galaxy S10 & # 39; s fingerprint technology had a major error
- The company admitted that screen protectors confused the sensors
A security issue has already been noticed in the Pixel 4 smartphone from Google after it was launched this week.
The device's face recognition system will apparently unlock the phone even if someone's eyes are closed.
Although Google recognizes the way the system works, it was described by an expert below as a & # 39; important & # 39; security threat a BBC reporter discovered the hack earlier this week.
It is after Samsung was forced yesterday to admit that the fingerprint release system on its Galaxy S10 can be fooled by a £ 3 plastic screen protector.
BBC technology journalist Chris Fox revealed in a Twitter video that he could use face recognition to unlock a trial version of the Pixel 4, even if he pretended to be asleep – Apple's Face ID only works when someone's eyes are open
The Pixel 4, which was unveiled Tuesday at an event in New York and costs more than £ 600, can only be unlocked by scanning the face of the user.
It was advertised as having an institution where people's eyes had to be open when their faces were scanned, but this dropped before it goes on sale next week, the BBC reported.
Apple's Face ID system on its iPhones only works if someone looks directly at the phone.
The difference means that someone's Pixel phone can be unlocked by another person while he was sleeping or unconscious.
Cyber security blogger Graham Cluley told the BBC: & If someone can unlock your phone while you sleep, this is a major security issue.
& # 39; Someone who is not qualified – a child or partner? – can unlock the phone without your permission by putting it in front of you while you sleep.
& # 39; I would not trust to secure the private calls and data on my phone. & # 39;
After the first person – technology reporter Chris Fox – discovered the error, it was tried on others and had the same results.
Google recognizes on its support website that this is the way facial recognition works and says that people can switch to a higher security mode if they are concerned.
The security issue is the second major smartphone to be revealed this week after Samsung admitted yesterday that there is a problem with the fingerprint recognition software.
Google's new Pixel 4 smartphone was unveiled on Tuesday in New York City and also features technology that allows users to control it with gestures rather than pressing buttons
HOW DOES FACE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY WORK?
Face recognition software works by matching real-time images with a previous photo of a person.
Each face has around 80 unique nodes in the eyes, nose, cheeks and mouth that distinguish one person from the other.
A digital video camera measures the distance between different points on the human face, such as the width of the nose, depth of the eye sockets, distance between the eyes and the shape of the jaw line.
Another smart surveillance system (photo) can scan 2 billion faces in seconds, has been revealed in China. The system connects to millions of CCTV cameras & uses artificial intelligence to select targets. The army is working on a similar version of this with AI to track people across the country
This produces a unique numeric code that can then be linked to a corresponding code obtained from a previous photo.
A face recognition system used by officials in China connects to millions of CCTV cameras & uses artificial intelligence to set targets.
Experts believe that facial recognition technology will quickly catch up with fingerprint technology as the most effective way to identify people.
The company said it will roll out a software update to resolve the issue with the Galaxy S10 phones.
Lisa Neilson, a 34-year-old mother from West Yorkshire, from West Yorkshire, discovered that her phone was vulnerable when she had a plastic protector on it.
When this screen protector was on, Mrs. Neilson discovered, everyone's fingerprint could unlock the phone and access her apps and personal information.
Samsung said yesterday that it was & # 39; aware of the S10's malfunctioning fingerprint recognition and will release a software patch soon & # 39 ;.
The problem can arise from the patterns in the silicone protectors that are added to someone's fingerprint and confuse the sensors of the phone, the company said.
Fingerprint locking technology has existed on smartphones for years and is intended as an additional, impenetrable security layer.
But Mrs. Neilson, 34, told The Sun last weekend that, after setting up the ID system with her right fingerprint, she could also open it with her left.
And then her husband managed to unlock the phone with his own fingerprints, which were not registered.
She said: & # 39; This means that if someone gets hold of my phone, they have access to it and can be in the financial apps and transfer money in a few moments.
& # 39; It's a real concern. & # 39;
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