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Samsung Galaxy S8: Major flaw found in facial recognition

Tech can be bypassed with a photo of owner.
Samsung Galaxy S8 facial recognition hero

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has not even hit shelves yet, but already reports are claiming that one of its key features is fundamentally flawed.

Facial recognition technology, which allows uers to unlock their Galaxy S8 just by looking at it, is one of the phone's major selling points.

So much so that Samsung's advertising blurb claims the S8's security is "foolproof" and "defence-grade".

With that in mind, a savvy blogger at Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch event decided to put the phone’s facial recognition tech to the test.

He registered his face to the Galaxy S8, before taking a picture of himself using a separate device.

He then used this image to unlock the Galaxy S8, meaning one of the phone’s supposedly rock-solid security features is anything but.

Samsung has said in the past that facial recognition cannot be used to authenticate mobile payments or access secure folders.

So there's no direct financial loss to be incurred if your phone was unlocked.

But the fact a mere image of its owner can open the Galaxy S8 means everything from social media, contacts and email could be readily available to hackers.

Last month it was revealed that Samsung had added facial recognition tech to the Galaxy S8 because iris-scanning security was deemed too slow.

The latter, along with a fingerprint scanner, does still feature in the handset.

A Samsung spokesperson said: “The Galaxy S8 provides various levels of biometric authentication, with the highest level of authentication from the iris scanner and fingerprint reader.

"In addition, the Galaxy S8 provides users with multiple options to unlock their phones through both biometric security options, and convenient options such as swipe and facial recognition.

"It is important to reiterate that facial recognition, while convenient, can only be used for opening your Galaxy S8 and currently cannot be used to authenticate access to Samsung Pay or Secure Folder."

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