Online Crime Complaint Center (IC3) FBI warned about the growing number of cases of the use of stolen personal information and deepfakes when hiring for remote work in the IT field.
The #FBI has noticed an increase in complaints about the use of deepfakes and stolen personally identifiable information to apply for a variety of remote work positions. Check out our Public Service Announcement at https://t.co/DE88T7QxXI to learn more. #ReportTheCompromise pic.twitter.com/oTtVx4K4f6
— FBI (@FBI) June 28, 2022
According to the agency, some people use fake photos and videos when passing online interviews.
“Telecommuting positions include information technology and computer programming, databases, and software-related work functions,” the FBI said in a statement.
The department added that this could allow attackers to gain access to confidential information of the company and clients after they are hired:
“Some of the announced positions include access to personal customer information, financial data and corporate IT databases.”
The department noted that not all fakes are of high quality and some of them were easily exposed due to various inconsistencies in the synchronization of voice and video.
“In these online interviews, the actions and movements of the lips of the candidate do not completely match the sound of the person speaking. Sometimes actions such as coughing, sneezing or other auditory actions do not match the visual representation,” the department said.
The FBI has asked victims to report this activity through the IC3 platform and include information that will help identify scammers trying to get jobs with fake data.
Recall that in March, researchers discovered over 1,000 deepfake profiles on LinkedIn.
In May, scammers circulated a fake video on Twitter in which Elon Musk “urged to invest” in an obvious scam.
In June, Google banned the training of deepfake models in the Colab cloud.
In the same month, the European Union updated the rules to combat disinformation and fakes on the Internet. More than 30 companies have joined the initiative, including Google, Meta, Microsoft, TikTok and Twitter.
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