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As advanced AI tools become more accessible and available to the public, it is of no surprise that cyber criminals would begin taking advantage of the situation. One of the most notable examples of this exploitation is with the use of deepfakes.

As deepfakes quickly advance in terms of sophistication, they can be scarily convincing, as you can see in the following video:

By not only using an image based deepfake tool, but combining it with deepfake voice technology, it is pretty easy to create a convincing mirage of a person, making them say whatever you want them to.

Deepfakes are becoming increasingly popular with cybercriminals, and as these technologies become even easier to use, organizations must become even more vigilant. This is all part of what we see as the ongoing trend of weaponized AI. Deep fakes can be incredibly effective at social engineering, which is already an effective means of attack.

Legislators, social media giants and researchers are all working on ways to defeat this insidious new threat. There are some security technologies that organizations can deploy, and they will help to a degree. But as with most security issues, humans are often the first and best line of defense. emphasizes the importance of cyber hygiene and cyber security training since unsafe conduct from employees is still the most common way for cyber criminals to successfully breach a system.

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