Deepfakes...... What's The Point?
There are times when you are learning new things about what is going on in the world of technology and you ask yourself why? That was the case when I read this article about Deepfakes. Deepfakes uses machine learning techniques to create realistic but fake audio and video messages. What have we come to in the world that technology is being created to actually help the spread of disinformation. I often say social media should be rebranded as anti-social media because there is no way some of the things that happen on various platforms would occur face to face. Social media doesn’t bring us together, in fact it is being used to manipulate your thoughts, emotions, and feelings and pull us a part by “helping” you think.
But what about the cybersecurity implications of Deepfakes? I agree that this technology, if it takes off, will only make matters worse as an individual tries to sift through what's real and what is fake in order to make a decision. In addition, the ability to correct the fake audio or video once made will be very difficult. I mean let’s take business email compromise schemes, you know the one where people are sending wires to criminals based on an email from the CEO. Can you imagine how hard it would be if the crook now leaves a voicemail, in the CEO’s voice, as a follow up to the email, stressing the urgency of the wire? Wow. That will be hard for any employee to resist. That makes it all the more important to have processes in place that will prevent one individual from sending wires.
The more we create technology to help us in our day lives, the more we have to deal with the dark side of technology. Criminals will never go away, it just seems we are making it a bit too easy on them.