Audio deepfake fraudulently impersonates CEO

Occurred: July 2020

US-based cybersecurity company NISOS uncovered an attempted fraud in which an employee received a call from someone identifying himself as his company CEO asking him to call back for 'immediate assistance to finalize an urgent business deal.'

Fortunately, the employee 'immediately thought it suspicious' and called the legal department. 

It transpired the voice had been faked and the number the would-be victim was meant to call was a VOIP service burner with no user information.

In 2021, criminals fooled a senior director at a UK energy company into transferring USD 240,000 to a bank account in Hungary having cloned the voice of colleague. 

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Country: USA
Sector: Technology
Purpose: Defraud
Technology: Deepfake - audio; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Impersonation; Security
Transparency: Governance; Marketing

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Type: Incident
Published: March 2023