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The Looming Problem of Deepfakes
Danny Palmer writes the following in “The Next Big Security Threat Is Staring Us in the Face. Tackling It Is Going to Be Tough” for ZDNet:
A deepfake video uses artificial intelligence and deep-learning techniques to produce fake images of people or events. …
Many companies publicly list their board of directors and senior management on their website. Often, these high-level business executives will have spoken at events or in the media, so it’s possible to find footage of them speaking.
By using AI-powered deep-learning techniques, cyber criminals could exploit this public information to create a deepfake of a senior-level executive, exploit email vulnerabilities to request a video call with an employee, and then ask them to make [a financial] transaction. If the victim believes they’re speaking to their CEO or boss, they’re unlikely to deny the request. …
[D]eepfakes could easily become a new vector for cyber crime, and it’s going to be a real struggle to contain the trend. It’s entirely possible that organisations will need to come up with a new set of rules around authenticating decisions made in online meetings. It’s also a challenge to the authenticity of remote working—what does it mean if you can’t believe what you see on the screen?
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