Deepfake attacks are proliferating at an alarming pace. Deepfake videos and audios can be leveraged by cybercriminals to commit fraud, defame, impersonate and spread disinformation.

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Given below are a few real cases

  1. CEO fraud on a UK company
    In 2019, a UK-based energy firm’s CEO was scammed over the phone when he was ordered to perform a wire transfer of €220,000 into a Hungarian bank account.
    The cybercriminal used audio deepfake technology to impersonate the firm’s parent company’s Chief Executive’s voice.
  2. Twitter hack
    In July 2020, Twitter experienced a major security breach after a phone spear-phishing attack that targeted its employees.
    The targeted employees received phone calls from hackers posing as IT staff, tricking them into sharing passwords for internal tools and systems.
  3. Deepfake of Belgian Prime Minister
    In April 2020, the Belgian branch of ‘Extinction Rebellion’ published a deepfake video of Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès on Facebook.
    The video promoted a possible link between deforestation and COVID-19. It had more than 100,000 views within 24 hours and received many comments.

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