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by on June 4, 2020
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This is probably one of the most disturbing items on our list of cybersecurity statistics. As part of their 2020 cybersecurity predictions, Forrester Research predicts that the costs associated with deepfake scams are going to cost the world more than $250 million this year. In case you’re not familiar with deepfake technology, deepfake scams use artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language generation technologies to fabricate seemingly real video and audio clips of a person. While this technology could be used for positive things like booking reservations at restaurants (although, really, how lazy are we that we would require a computer to do this for us?), the issue comes in when cybercriminals get their hands on it. Read more @ linux system administrator jobs To carry out a deepfake scam, threat actors use these generated pieces to impersonate people and pull off phishing attacks and other scams. So, now imagine when they use spoofing tactics on top of it. So, you could get a phone call from someone who sounds like your boss, using their phone number, and you might not be any the wiser. While we’d like to hope that these scams aren’t going to be a big threat because of the amount of resources involved in preparing for one of these attacks, unfortunately, we’re already starting to see the impact of this technology. Deepfake scams have already proven successful with the CEO of an unnamed U.K.-based energy firm losing $243,000 to such a scam last year.
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