Scammers Are Now Scanning Faces To Defeat Age verification Biometric Security Measures

For quite some time now we’ve been pointing out the many harms of age verification technologies, and how they’re a disaster for privacy. In particular, we’ve noted that if you have someone collecting biometric information on people, that data itself becomes a massive risk since it will be targeted.

And, remember, a year and a half ago, the Age Verification Providers Association posted a comment right here on Techdirt saying not to worry about the privacy risks, as all they wanted to do was scan everyone’s face to visit a website (perhaps making you turn to the left or right to prove “liveness”).

Anyway, now a report has come out that some Chinese hackers have been tricking people into having their faces scanned, so that the hackers can then use the resulting scan to access accounts.

Attesting to this, cybersecurity company Group-IB has discovered the first banking trojan that steals people’s faces. Unsuspecting users are tricked into giving up personal IDs and phone numbers and are prompted to perform face scans. These images are then swapped out with AI-generated deepfakes that can easily bypass security checkpoints

The method — developed by a Chinese-based hacking family — is believed to have been used in Vietnam earlier this month, when attackers lured a victim into a malicious app, tricked them into face scanning, then withdrew the equivalent of $40,000 from their bank account. 

Cool cool, nothing could possibly go wrong in now requiring more and more people to normalize the idea of scanning your face to access a website. Nothing at all.

And no, this isn’t about age verification, but still, the normalization of facial scanning is a problem, as it’s such an obvious target for scammers and hackers.

Source: As Predicted: Scammers Are Now Scanning Faces To Defeat Biometric Security Measures | Techdirt

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