Automakers must scrutinise what biometrics should and should not do

Biometric hacks are rare, but real. The technology can strengthen security in vehicles, but for some functions, multi-factor authentication must be in place. By Xavier Boucherat

It did not take long for enterprising tech enthusiasts to break Apple’s Face ID. Introduced on the iPhone X in 2017, it replaced the fingerprint-based Touch ID previously used to unlock the device, allowing for removal of the home button. Yet just a week after release, Vietnamese security firm Bkav released a video that claimed to show how a composite 3D mask, costing just US$150 to make, could fool the system. Later, at the 2019 Black Hat hacker convention in Las Vegas, researchers from Tencent showed how a pair of spectacles and some tape could also unlock the phone, provided they had access to a victim who was in some way incapacitated—whether sleeping, unconscious or dead.

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