Windows 10 face recognition sensor reportedly fooled with a picture

James Marshall
December 25, 2017

However, similar to the fate of iPhone X's Face ID, the Windows 10's facial recognition feature has been hacked and fooled.

So, the developers found that all versions of Windows 10 is vulnerable to hacking.

Microsoft introduced a new security feature called Windows Hello with Windows 10, which is its face scanning and authenticating feature. It is the only loophole that allows users to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.

It was discovered that if you disable anti-spoofing in update Creators Update, not hard to circumvent the protection system of Windows Hello even without high quality photos. Many modern laptops do not support the anti-spoofing feature of Windows Hello, which means some devices are still vulnerable even with the latest Windows updates.

The researchers added that based on their experiment, a printed photo was able to bypass the biometric authentication system both with its default settings and even when it was configured with an "enhanced anti-spoofing feature". This was done on Windows 10 machines running older versions of the operating system.

In the SYSS report, the researchers also listed the Windows 10 versions that carry the said spoofing vulnerability on Windows Hello.

In 2015, Microsoft announced the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.

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