Scam video calls may plague Ireland in the coming months, says cyber security experts

With communication technology advancing as rapidly as it is in recent years, cyber criminals are quickly seeking to exploit these mediums for their own gain – and Ireland may start to see the grim results of this within the next 6 months.

Cyber security experts are warning that video scam calls may become a reality in Ireland as online traffic spikes over the coming months.

These scam calls are unique in that deepfake technology is employed to add a further layer of deception to these scams. Criminals are using this technology to replicate the faces of people’s trusted friends, family, and co-workers, in order to scam their victims of money.

Last January, a company worker in Hong Kong received a video call from someone she believed to be from upper management at her firm. Using deepfake technology, the scammer was able to create a convincing facial replicate of the company’s senior executive. The worker was then duped into sending HK200 million of the company’s money over to the scam artist.

Cyber security experts believe that tens of millions of similar video calls are made every single day.

Ken Sheehan of Smarttech247 has organised a cyber security convention called Zero Day Con, which is to take place in Dublin next week. The topic of scam video calls will be an important part of the convention, which will seek to help both businesses and the public deal with the ever-evolving threats to their cyber security.

Mr. Sheehan believes that these scam video calls will start happening in Ireland as online traffic spikes due to global elections and other events such as the summer Olympics.

He says that deepfake video attacks are particularly insidious due to the layer of trust established when we see the face of someone we know displayed on our screens. The potential for ruinious financial damages due to these scams is not to be taken lightly.

However, Mr. Sheehan assures that the “golden rules” of cyber security still apply in this scenario, which include never sharing your personal data and being vigilant with any messages you receieve, even if they appear to be from a trusted source.

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