Artificial intelligence has been touted as the ideal solution for completing certain jobs, allowing workers more space to exercise other skills. However, the FBI is now warning about this technology being used in nefarious ways.
Referred to as “deepfakes,” this tool allows users to present as a completely different person and conduct fake video interviews. Although mostly used for online entertainment, the FBI is now saying some people are conducting these interviews with stolen personal information.
“Complaints report the use of voice spoofing, or potentially voice deepfakes, during online interviews of the potential applicants,” the agency wrote. “In these interviews, the actions and lip movement of the person seen interviewed on-camera do not completely coordinate with the audio of the person speaking. At times, actions such as coughing, sneezing, or other auditory actions are not aligned with what is presented visually.”
Due to the rise in remote work openings and reliance on technology, the threat of scammers has also grown.
Reasons for using a deepfake to obtain a remote job vary. Some hackers may not be able to work in the U.S. and want to be paid in dollars, while others may be seeking to access private company data.
Although the FBI did not offer any specific practices to combat this risk, it added that background checks have helped identify stolen personal information.