Deepfakes come to remote job interviews


The FBI warned last week that people are interviews for tech jobs using stolen identities – and even deepfake videos.

Specifically, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reported on June 28 an increase in complaints about the use of stolen personal information — and even real-time deepfake video technology during Zoom interviews — by some job applicants. a technical job to misrepresent their work experience or lie about who is actually applying for the job.

The FBI said the rise in bogus applicants is primarily occurring in software development, databases and other software-related jobs.

The good news is that the deepfake technology used for live interviews doesn’t work, according to the FBI. (Video tends to delay audio, and other anomalies can reveal the false identity for what it is.)

The bad news is that even though the technology of live deepfake video may not yet mature in the not-too-distant future, remote hiring could be fraught with the use of AI-enabled digital fakes. .

In the past, deepfakes were less sophisticated and remote job interviews were rare.

But in this post-COVID-19 world, remote interviews have become commonplace, and deepfakes continue to get better every year.

Remote workers, digital nomads, remote consultants, and remote gig workers will increasingly interview, hire, and interact remotely via text, audio, and video.

All of this can be impersonated, tampered with, and automated by AI in ways that allow bad actors to work in companies and receive compensation as imposters.

In fact, more than half of all US employees hired since the early days of the pandemic in March 2020 have never met any of their colleagues in person, according to a survey by Green Building Elements.

Fake job applications have also recently become a technique of state-sponsored cyberattacks. For example, in May, the US State and Treasury Departments and the FBI issued a joint statement warning that US companies were hiring North Korean IT workers.

Sometimes, the employees were in North Korea and lied about their location. In others, they lied about their identity.

Either way, according to the FBI, hiring North Koreans is a violation of US sanctions, which comes with a fine of about $330,000 per violation.

In general, the reality of remote working and remote hiring means extra care needs to be taken by hiring managers so you know exactly who you’re hiring.

Fraud goes both ways

As fake job applicants increase, so do fake companies claiming to hire.

And the big resignation means millions of employees are seeking remote positions. Employment scams have increased during the pandemicaccording to the Better Business Bureau.

Scammers post as recruiters and try to trick applicants into paying fees for processing applications or try to steal their personal information.

(Indeed.com offers a good guide to avoiding job scams.)

Advice for the future: Apply yourself!

The bottom line is that the future of work will involve far more hiring of remote employees, which means the risk of fraud is greatly increased.

The best advice for companies is to actively verify the identity and declarations of job applicants. Also, make sure you know who you are hiring.

The same goes for job seekers. Beware of scams for remote work technician positions. Use Indeed’s tips to identify jobs that are just scams.

Remote hiring and working can help businesses and employees. But with these benefits come increased risk and a new imperative to check and recheck exactly who is on the other side of the application process.

Copyright © 2022 IDG Communications, Inc.

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