hile a phone’s facial recognition feature is supposed to help improve security, it didn’t prevent one man from being robbed by his own roommates.
Inside a dormitory for restaurant workers in the city of Ningbo, two men stole their coworker’s phone as he lay asleep and then cracked into the phone by pointing the device at his sleeping face. Once inside, they transferred more than 10,000 yuan ($1,500) out of his WeChat account.
The following day, the victim was shocked to find that his account had been drained of funds. Afterward, he contacted police who presumably had an easy time tracking down the culprits since they had transferred the money to their own accounts.
To prevent this kind of thing from happening, facial recognition security systems aren’t supposed to work when a user’s eyes are closed. However, police later tested the worker’s phone and found that the phone unlocked even if the man’s eyes weren’t open.
The phone’s brand is not stated in the report, though its cost is said to be around 1,000 yuan ($150). Previously, some iPhone X users in China were surprised to find that they were able to unlock their friend’s and even their mom’s phones with their own faces, leading some opportunistic vendors on Taobao to start selling some specialized headgear.