FBI warns of imposters applying for jobs using deepfakes

Imposters have used deepfakes to seek work in areas where sensitive information is handled.


Deepfakes have already reached the job market, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation , better known as the FBI , has warned .

In a recent alert, the FBI warned that it is receiving more and more complaints of impersonation in job interviews, particularly for remote work.

Most of these interviews were for jobs in information technology, programming, database management, and software related jobs .

In some cases, these included access to private information, financial and corporate databases.

“Complaints report the use of voice spoofing, or potentially voice deepfakes , during online interviews with prospective candidates. In these interviews, the actions and lip movements of the person being interviewed on camera were not fully coordinated with the audio of the person speaking. In some cases, actions such as coughing, sneezing, or other noisy actions did not align with what was visually presented .

This is dangerous, since the person responsible for handling sensitive information cannot be identified in case one of the impostors is hired.

Some victims have reported the use of their image and identity by third parties to apply for these jobs.

Deepfakes: increasingly common

Deepfakes are becoming more real, allowing imposters to use someone else’s identities .

As the FBI reports , one person may be speaking, but the image shown on a video call is that of another.

One of the easiest ways to identify them is to observe the coordination between what is seen and what is heard. However, there are more and more real deepfakes , especially when it comes to recorded video and not in real time.