Deepfakes advertised on underground markets, signaling possible shift, Recorded Future says

Malicious use of manipulated visual and audio files — technology known as deepfakes — is swiftly migrating toward crime and influence operations, according to findings published Thursday. Threat intelligence company Recorded Future pointed to a recent surge in such activities and a burgeoning underground marketplace that could spell trouble for individuals and companies that use tools like facial identification technology as part of multi-factor authentication. The report mirrors similar conclusions from an FBI alert last month warning that nation-backed hackers would themselves begin using deepfakes more frequently for cyber operations as well as misinformation and disinformation. “We believe that threat actors have begun to advertise customized deepfake services that are directed at threat actors interested in bypassing security measures and to facilitate fraudulent activities, specifically fake voices and facial recognition,” the company’s Insikt Group wrote in a blog post. Recorded Future’s work focuses more on that development in the criminal
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