China taxation department ID system hack

March 2021

According to a Xinhua report, two men in China have been accused of tricking the country's State Taxation Administration's identity verification system to create fake invoices.

The pair manipulated high-definition photographs with an app that turns photos into videos and then used a smartphone to bypass its camera during facial authentication, instead feeding their doctored videos into the system.

Subsequently, the facial recognition system authenticated the people in the videos.

Developer: State Taxation Administration
Country:
China
Sector: Govt - finance
Purpose:
Verify identity
Technology: Facial recognition; deepfake - image, video|
Adversary: Anonymous/pseudonymous
Issue/controversy:
Security, mis/disinformation