New Reports of Cybercriminals Using Deepfakes in Online Interviews

July 8, 2022

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The FBI recently put out a statement warning interviewers of cybercriminals using deepfakes during IT interviews. A deepfake is defined as “a video of a person in which their face/body has been digitally altered so that they appear to be someone else, typically used maliciously or to spread false information.” There have been multiple reports of job interviews having experienced this via zoom, specifically for remote positions. This new threat is extremely concerning as cybercriminals do this to impersonate other individuals in order to better their chances to ace an interview.

“In these interviews, the actions and lip movement of the person seen interviewed on-camera do not completely coordinate with the audio of the person speaking. At times, actions such as coughing, sneezing, or other auditory actions are not aligned with what is presented virtually”, says the FBI. Synthetic media is becoming a future threat for businesses. It is now crucial to prepare and be aware of those scams, because defense mechanisms are still being thought out and built. For instance, Aviv Ovadya, from Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, says “The problem is, as soon as you have built-in detection, like that, people who are building systems to evade detection can train on your detector.” Therefore, there is a current dilemma with this type of defense protection. The best thing interviewers can do is become aware and educated on this recent problem.

CTN advises businesses to look out for deepfakes and irregularities during online interviews, now that reports of it are increasing. As the FBI has warned, remote IT jobs see this the most. Technology continues to become more advanced and complex, causing these scams to become harder to indicate and easier to get away with. Be on the lookout of suspicious movements through video chat and pay close attention when interviewing remote IT candidates!





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