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Anatomy of a Biometric Attack

Digital identities are becoming more prevalent as organizations increasingly provide remote access to high-value services that had traditionally only been offered in person. As a result of increasing the number of online services, the attack surface for these organizations has grown significantly, and with the online availability of high-value services, so have the potential rewards for bad actors.

To help fortify their defenses, many organizations are quickly adopting biometric face verification as a highly secure and easy-to-use identity assurance method to onboard and re-authenticate users.

Bad actors are also taking advantage of innovative technology however, and are increasingly using generative AI to develop evermore sophisticated ways to commit fraud, launder money, or commit other illicit activities for financial gain. Unfortunately, while most biometric solutions have developed resilience to presentation attacks, many are struggling to defend against the much easier-to-create and more scalable digital injection attacks like deepfakes, face swaps, and even synthetic identities.

To help organizations better understand the anatomy of a biometric attack, iProov is sharing insights gained from our Security Operations Center (iSOC). iSOC utilizes state-of-the-art machine-learning computer vision systems in conjunction with complementary, multimodal approaches to detect biometric attack patterns across multiple geographies, devices, and platforms.

Throughout 2023, iSOC has seen criminals take digital injection attacks to another level:

  • Threat actors advancing digital injection attacks across platforms, targeting mobile web, native Android, and native iOS via emulators.
  • The emergence and growth of sophisticated face swaps and synthetic identities, suggesting that low-skilled criminals now have the means to launch advanced attacks.
  • Threat actors launching motion-based attacks simultaneously and at scale against hundreds of systems globally.

Understanding and uncovering the anatomy of a biometric attack is essential when selecting which biometric solutions are best suited for your organization’s needs.

Read on to learn more about the biometric threat landscape, discover the behavioral trends of threat actors, and understand why all biometric technologies are not created equal when facing these threats.

Reports & Webinars

iProov Threat Intelligence Report 2024: The Impact of Generative AI on Remote Identity Verification

The 2024 iProov Threat Intelligence Report offers exclusive insights into our Science team’s findings. You’ll learn how threat actors are evolving, what tools they use, and what this means for your organization’s remote verification methods. You’ll also delve into the four most wanted threat actors, how they operate, and their patterns of attack.

How Latin American Banks Can Safeguard Against Deepfakes: The New Frontier of Financial Crime

This report explores the rising threat of digitally injected synthetic media to Latin American banks and provides recommendations on what defenses can be taken.

How Can Financial Institutions Safeguard Against Deepfakes: The New Frontier of Online Crime?

With the pivot from in-person to digital banking and remote onboarding, financial institutions face a challenge: how to assure the identities of users at onboarding and throughout the remote customer lifecycle.

Biometric Threat Intelligence Report

In the first of its kind, the iProov Biometric Threat Intelligence Report illuminates the key attack patterns witnessed throughout 2022.

Webinar: iProov Threat Intelligence Webinar 2024, The Impact of Generative AI on Remote Identity Verification

Get insights into the new threats in the past 12 months and the importance of resilience in biometric systems to withstand novel attacks.

Webinar: Protecting Identity Programs from Advanced Threats Using Biometrics

As face verification gains traction and becomes more prevalent, threat actors are developing evermore sophisticated ways to circumvent these systems to commit fraud, leaving simpler biometrics vulnerable to attack. Uncovering the anatomy of biometric attacks is vital to understanding risk and ensuring adaptive and resilient security is employed.

What is the Biometric Threat Intelligence Report?

Using research from our Security Operations Center, the iProov Threat Intelligence Report illuminates the key biometric threats of 2022.


Using research from our Security Operations Center, the iProov Threat Intelligence eBook illuminates the key biometric threats of 2023.

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