Detecting virtual cameras

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At Alice Biometrics, we have always been very focused on the security of our solution. In fact, we take great pride in the robustness and security of our system (our results in the NIST endorse us).

Still, we continue to investigate and prevent new types of fraud. During the month of April, we checked the virtual cameras.

What is a virtual camera?

Before we continue, a virtual camera is a fake webcam. A webcam records in real time. And a virtual camera is a software that emulates being a webcam, but in reality it broadcasts previously recorded videos.

Virtual cameras allow you to simulate that you are using a normal webcam, and at the same time retransmit the video that you want your interlocutors to watch.

In addition to emulating the operation of a webcam, virtual cameras are capable of modifying the video stream in real time, with filters and effects of all kinds.

Detecting virtual cameras

Streamers and online training have opened a new world of solutions adapted to the circumstances. Among them, virtual cameras, which can be used to free certain training professionals and teachers from workload, for example, or for other fraudulent purposes, such as altering reality or trying to deceive digital verification.

How do virtual cameras affect identity verification solutions?

Specifically, in identity verification processes, virtual cameras can do a lot of damage, since they can circumvent weak liveness detection technologies.

At Alice, we are aware of the need to continue improving our engine fraud detection and our proof of life. For this reason, during the month of April, we have delved into the detection of virtual cameras. The results have been satisfactory, our solution is capable of stopping attacks from virtual cameras.

Our identity verification solution only accepts real video-selfies and document captures, taken with real cameras, without any alteration.

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