Introduction to the issue on spoofing and countermeasures for automatic speaker verification

Yamagishi, Junichi; Kinnunen, Tomi H; Evans, Nicholas; De Leon, Phillip; Trancoso, Isabel
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, Vol. 11, N°4, June 2017

The papers in this special issue focus on automatic speaker verification (ASV) technologies and applications for their use. ASV offers a low-cost and flexible solution to biometric authentication. While there liability ofASV systems is now considered sufficient to support mass-market adoption, there are concerns that the technology is vulnerable to spoofing, also referred to as presentation attacks. Spoofing refers to an attack whereby a fraudster attempts to manipulate a biometric system by masquerading as another, enrolled person. Replayed, synthesized and converted speech spoofing attacks can all be used to present high-quality, convincing speech signals which are representative of other, specific speakers and thus present a genuine threat to the reliability of ASV authentication systems.

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