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Researchers Say They've Found a Wildly Successful Bypass for Face Recognition Tech

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Mapping of a human face.

omputer scientists at Tel Aviv University in Israel say they have discovered a way to bypass a large percentage of facial recognition systems by basically faking your face.

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Computer scientists at Israel's Tel Aviv University (TAU) say they have developed a "master face" method for circumventing a large number of facial recognition systems, by applying artificial intelligence to generate a facial template.

The researchers say the technique exploits such systems' usage of broad sets of markers to identify specific people; producing facial templates that match many such markers essentially creates an omni-face that can bypass numerous safeguards.

The researchers created the master face by plugging an algorithm into a generative adversarial network that builds digital images of artificial human faces.

The TAU team said testing showed the template was able unlock over 20% of the identities in an open source database of 13,000 facial images operated by the University of Massachusetts.

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