The Hong Kong treasurer took part in a video call with several colleagues and a person believed to be the company's chief financial officer.Everyone looked real and sounded real, but it turns out everyone on the call was real deep fake. According to reports, the employee was defrauded into paying more than $25 million to unknown fraudsters. CNN on sunday.
“()In a video conference with multiple people, everyone can [he saw] It was a fake,” Hong Kong police official Baron Chan Shun-ting told the media on Friday.
Hong Kong police have not publicly identified the companies or employees involved in the incident, but it is one of the largest financial frauds to date using deepfake technology.
The employee received several emails from the company's CFO asking him to wire $25.6 million. He was worried it was a phishing scam, but after the video call, he was convinced the request was legitimate.
Law enforcement said the employee recognized several people who answered the call, and all of them looked like co-workers. According to CNN, he only found out it was a scam when he contacted the company's headquarters later that week.
The conference participants were digitally recreated using publicly available footage of each individual, according to . South China Morning Post. Multiple employees at the company are said to have been targeted.
Hong Kong police noted that this is one of many recent incidents related to deepfake technology scams. The police department announced that six people were arrested in connection with these scams. A senior Hong Kong police inspector recommended several ways to check whether a person is genuine. This includes having someone move their head and asking questions to determine its authenticity. These clumsy tactics are especially awkward to ask your boss to do, but they may be necessary in the age of deepfakes.
Deepfake technology has wreaked havoc in recent weeks as AI technology has become so convincing that it's difficult to tell what's real and what's fake. AI-generated Taylor Swift porn images It spread rapidly in January, Deepfake President Biden tells New Hampshire voters not to vote.