Face recognition software company reveals that the vulnerability was and exposed the entire customer list
Clearview AI, the facial recognition company used by over 600 law enforcement agencies across the country, reveals security holes that uncovered details of ALL its customers
- Clearview AI sent a statement to customers to warn them of a security breach
- The intruders have been given access to the full customer list of the company and the number of searches
- The company did not say how the infringement happened, but claims that the servers had no access
Software vendor for face recognition Clearview AI has revealed that the entire customer list has been stolen by someone who has ‘unauthorized access’ to company documents and data.
According to a notification to his customers, Cleaview AI said that the intruder, in addition to his customer list, had access to the number of user accounts associated with each customer, as well as the number of searches performed through those accounts.
The company did not indicate how the vulnerability had occurred, nor who might be responsible, and claimed that the servers and the internal network had not been compromised.
Face recognition software company Clearview AI has revealed a security breach that has uncovered its customer list and the number of searches of those customers
“Unfortunately, data breaches are part of life in the 21st century,” lawyer Clearview Tor Ekeland told The Daily Beast, which broke the story.
“Our servers were never accessible. We have resolved the issue and continue to work on improving our security. “
With Clearview AI software, customers can identify people by uploading photos to the company’s servers, where they are compared to a database of more than 3 billion photos from Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and even Venmo.
The service was reportedly used by at least 600 different law enforcement agencies over the past year, including the Chicago police, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.
The company originally worked on smaller projects, including a 2013 initiative with the New Jersey Attorney General’s office to analyze driver license photos to identify people using the same photo for multiple identities.
The company has since expanded its activities to include general law enforcement activities, alongside other projects.
The company claims that its server and internal networks have not been violated, but has not specified how the data was accessed exactly
The company has collected a database of over 3 billion photos from sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and even Venmo, which are scanned by its own AI to try and match people in photos uploaded by their customers
In 2013, Clearview worked with the New Jersey Attorney General’s office on an ID program for fraud detection and helped to identify cases where the same person tried to use multiple identities, although in that case they used state-owned provided photos, not those from online sources such as Facebook and Twitter
In 2019, the New York Police Department used Clearview AI for a 90-day trial period where officers could upload photos of unidentified suspects to find leads.
The department refused to continue using Clearview’s services after the trial period ended, but a New York Post report found that there were 36 accounts associated with individual officers who had kept the app on their personal phones.
“I am not against the use of such tools or technologies that make it easier for us to solve crimes and catch predators or other dangerous criminals,” Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said.
“But we must have a full understanding of what is happening here and ensure that there are appropriate safeguards.”
HOW DOES FACE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY WORK?
Face recognition software works by matching real-time images with a previous photo of a person.
Each face has around 80 unique nodes in the eyes, nose, cheeks and mouth that distinguish one person from the other.
A digital video camera measures the distance between different points on the human face, such as the width of the nose, depth of the eye sockets, distance between the eyes and the shape of the jaw line.
Another smart surveillance system (photo) can scan 2 billion faces in seconds, has been revealed in China. The system connects to millions of CCTV cameras and uses artificial intelligence to select targets. The army is working on a similar version of this with AI to track people across the country
This produces a unique numeric code that can then be linked to a corresponding code obtained from a previous photo.
A face recognition system used by officials in China connects to millions of CCTV cameras and uses artificial intelligence to set targets.
Experts believe that facial recognition technology will quickly catch up with fingerprint technology as the most effective way to identify people.