Incident 224: WeChat Pay's Facial Recognition Security Evaded by Scammers Using Victims’ Social Media Content

Description: In China, fraudsters bypassed facial-recognition security for online financial transactions on WeChat Pay by crafting identity-verification GIFs of victims from their selfies on WeChat Moments, a social media platform.


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Alleged: WeChat developed an AI system deployed by WeChat Pay, which harmed WeChat Pay users.

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Scammers Busted Using Face GIFs to Steal From WeChat Accounts · 2020

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A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.