Mobile banking fraud detected in seconds with new Microsoft AI solution

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Artificial intelligence (AI) tech can flag fraudulent transactions within two seconds.

With an increased number of consumers banking on their smartphones, mobile banking fraud is becoming a growing concern. American multi-national tech giant, Microsoft, announced that its Azure AI technology can help with the growing fraud problem by detecting fraudulent transactions within two seconds of it occurring.

The SIM Swap attack problem.

The vast majority of mobile fraud occurs via a SIM swat attack, according to Microsoft. During this attack, the victim’s mobile number is hacked and cloned, allowing the hacker to receive all text messages and calls sent to the victim’s phone.

Login credentials can also be obtained through other methods, including social engineering, vishing, phishing, or even though an infected downloaded app. Once criminals have these details, they can easily commit mobile banking fraud, impersonating a customer, registering for mobile access, and instantly requesting fund transfers and withdrawals.

A behavioral-based AI approach can help with mobile banking fraud detection.

While it is possible for AI models to significantly improve fraud detection rates and times, Microsoft notes that behavioral-based AI, in particular, can be more responsive to changing fraud patterns compared to rule-based AI or other approaches.

When it comes to effectively detecting fraud, latency and response times are vital. The faster the detection occurs, the less the financial loss.

“To be effective, detection needs to occur in less than two seconds,” noted the blog posted on Microsoft Azure. “This means less than two seconds to process an incoming mobile activity, build a behavioral profile, evaluate the transaction for fraud, and determine if an action needs to be taken.”

Microsoft’s AI solution involves three main components. These include:

• Azure Machine Learning to produce a fraud classification model
• Feature engineer to generate customer and account profiles
• Azure PaaS services for event processing in real time and end-to-end workflow

The Azure-based model critically decreases response times and provides increased detection rates. With this solution, incoming mobile activity is processed, a behavioral profile is built, and transactions are evaluated for fraud. The AI tech determines what action to follow based on user Mobile banking fraud - Microsoft Technology - Microsoft buildingbehavior, in as little as two seconds.

Those who are interested in learning more about this mobile banking fraud detection solution can read the official mobile bank fraud solution guide, available on the blog.

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