The voice of reason

Cyber scammers have managed to part a top UK energy executive to part with £200,000 of his company’s money. They did it using artificial intelligence that mimicked his boss’s voice!

The criminals managed to trick the unnamed executive into transferring money to an Hungarian bank, following a phone call that appeared to come from his boss at the German parent company.

This is the first reported case of the use deep fake technology. The scam only broke down when the executive received a third call from the fake boss, while he was on the phone to the real one!

Head of strategy at Europol’s cybercrime HQ, Philipp Amann, said that similar frudas may have happened but gone undetected.