Deepfake Voice Phishing
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Deepfake Voice Phishing

How It Works
Deepfake technology uses artificial intelligence to mimic voices with astonishing accuracy. Scammers obtain samples of the target’s voice, often from social media or other public sources. Using sophisticated software, they create a synthetic voice that can replicate the target’s speech patterns, tone, and accent.

Once they have the deepfake voice, the scammers use it to make calls impersonating a trusted individual, such as a CEO, HR manager, or financial officer. The goal is to manipulate the victim into transferring money, divulging confidential information, or granting access to secure systems.

Real-World Impact
Citynet security awareness partner KnowBe4 reports several instances where businesses have lost significant sums of money due to these scams. In one case, a company transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars to a fraudulent account, believing they were following the CEO’s orders. The realistic voice and convincing narrative left no room for doubt until it was too late.

Protecting Yourself and Your Organization
Here are some key strategies to safeguard against deepfake voice phishing:

Verify Requests Independently: 
Always verify any unusual or urgent request through a different communication channel. If you receive a suspicious call from a superior, send them an email or use an internal messaging system to confirm the request.

Educate Employees: 
Regular training sessions on recognizing and responding to phishing attempts are vital. KnowBe4 offers comprehensive training programs that can help your team stay vigilant.

Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): 
Adding an extra layer of security, such as MFA, can prevent unauthorized access even if some information is compromised.

Use Anti-Phishing Tools: 
Utilize advanced cybersecurity tools that can detect and block phishing attempts before they reach your employees.

Encourage Reporting: 
Foster a culture where employees feel comfortable reporting suspicious activities without fear of reprisal. Quick reporting can mitigate potential damage.

Staying One Step Ahead
The landscape of cyber threats is constantly evolving, and staying informed is your best defense. Citynet and KnowBe4 are committed to providing you with the latest insights and tools to protect your business. By staying vigilant and proactive, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to these sophisticated scams.

Stay tuned to Citynet’s blog for more updates on cybersecurity trends and tips. Together, we can build a safer digital environment for everyone.

Learn more about KnowBe4’s cybersecurity awareness training here.

Stay safe, stay informed, and remember: when in doubt, verify!

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