Friday, August 12

FBI: Hackers are using Deepfakes to get jobs | Digital Trends Spanish

Forget scamming Grandma with bogus calls from the IRS. According to the FBI, hackers are now stealing personal information and using deepfakes to apply for remote jobs.

As discovered by bleeping computerthe warning was posted as a public service announcement at the Internet Crime Complaint Center, where the FBI explained how cybercriminals are stealing Americans’ personally identifiable information (PII) and applying for remote jobs, then using deepfake videos to pass job interviews online.

“Remote or work-from-home job positions identified in these reports include information technology and computer programming, database, and software-related jobs.” The FBI publication said. “In particular, some reported positions include access to customer PII, financial data, corporate IT databases, and proprietary information.”

Personally identifiable information, or PII, can include any information used to identify you, such as your social security number, your driver’s license, and even your health insurance information. Once cybercriminals have your PII, they can apply for remote jobs using your name and address along with fake qualifications.


The awesome part happens once they’ve been asked for a remote interview. Hackers will use deepfake videos to pretend to be you during an online video meeting. They can also use deepfake voice modifiers for phone interviews.

Deepfake technology uses AI and machine learning to carefully match a subject’s facial expressions to real video. You only need a single still photo, like that of a driver’s license, and you can recreate an impressively realistic video. Experts have been warning of the increasing prevalence of deepfakes in cybercrime for a few years, and Europol even published a report about deepfakes being used to impersonate powerful CEOs.

Fortunately, there are ways to spot a deepfake. Often the lip movements are out of sync with the words being spoken. Because hackers need to use pre-recorded voices for the AI ​​to generate a match, there may be sneezes or coughs in the audio while the face remains impassive.

The FBI said many of the bogus applicants provided background checks to other people, and the background check results did not match.

The hackers’ goal appears to be to gain access to information protected behind corporate firewalls. Once they gain access, they can steal hordes of information, including passwords and credit card numbers. The FBI statement did not indicate whether any companies are known to have been breached in this way.

The FBI is asking all victims of this new cybercrime to file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

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