Invisible Backdoor Attack With Sample-Specific Triggers

Yuezun Li, Yiming Li, Baoyuan Wu, Longkang Li, Ran He, Siwei Lyu; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2021, pp. 16463-16472


Recently, backdoor attacks pose a new security threat to the training process of deep neural networks (DNNs). Attackers intend to inject hidden backdoors into DNNs, such that the attacked model performs well on benign samples, whereas its prediction will be maliciously changed if hidden backdoors are activated by the attacker-defined trigger. Existing backdoor attacks usually adopt the setting that triggers are sample-agnostic, i.e., different poisoned samples contain the same trigger, resulting in that the attacks could be easily mitigated by current backdoor defenses. In this work, we explore a novel attack paradigm, where backdoor triggers are sample-specific. In our attack, we only need to modify certain training samples with invisible perturbation, while not need to manipulate other training components (e.g., training loss, and model structure) as required in many existing attacks. Specifically, inspired by the recent advance in DNN-based image steganography, we generate sample-specific invisible additive noises as backdoor triggers by encoding an attacker-specified string into benign images through an encoder-decoder network. The mapping from the string to the target label will be generated when DNNs are trained on the poisoned dataset. Extensive experiments on benchmark datasets verify the effectiveness of our method in attacking models with or without defenses.

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@InProceedings{Li_2021_ICCV, author = {Li, Yuezun and Li, Yiming and Wu, Baoyuan and Li, Longkang and He, Ran and Lyu, Siwei}, title = {Invisible Backdoor Attack With Sample-Specific Triggers}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)}, month = {October}, year = {2021}, pages = {16463-16472} }