Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Why do we ask for a video as part of our ID checks in Alpha Legal? Meet the latest tool in the cybercriminals armoury - AI-generated faces

This story is incredible - but real.

AI-generated human faces are now appearing across the Internet.  They were first spotted on LinkedIn, the business social networking platform, where companies were found to be generating fake employee profiles with realistic-looking photos.  The photos, when analysed by researchers from Stanford University, proved to be fake.

These AI-generated faces are incredibly realistic as you can see from this selection:

Could you spot that these faces were not of real people?

Creating fake profiles on LinkedIn might be unethical (and against LinkedIn rules), but it isn't a cybercrime.  So what has this got to do with Alpha Legal?

Now that this technology is available, cybercriminals are starting to find ways to exploit it.  Criminals create fake personas and they need photos to be part of the invented identity.  Re-using real photos of people, living or dead, can cause problems but now they have a source of photo-realistic fake faces.

This is one of the reasons that we ask for a short video clip as part of our Alpha Legal ID checks.  By asking the user to move in front of the camera we ensure that the person is real and alive - a vital check as part of the process to verify identity as part of AML or KYC ID checks

Source: Stanford Internet Observatory https://www.npr.org/2022/03/27/1088140809/fake-linkedin-profiles

Credit: Connie Hanzhang Jin/NPR

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