Deepfakes Pose New Cybersecurity Threat
In an article published by DarkReading, Cryptowerk CEO Dirk Kanngiesser explains how the joining of ‘deep learning’ and ‘fake news’ makes it possible to create audio and video of real people saying words they never spoke or things they never did.
“Fake news” is one of the most widely used phrases of our times. Never has there been such focus on the importance of being able to trust and validate the authenticity of shared information. But its lesser-understood counterpart, “deepfake,” poses a much more insidious threat to the cybersecurity landscape — far more dangerous than a simple hack or data breach.
To date, the industry has been focused on the unauthorized access of data. But the motivation behind and the anatomy of an attack has changed. Instead of stealing information or holding it ransom, a new breed of hackers now attempts to modify data while leaving it in place. One study from Sonatype, a provider of DevOps-native tools, predicts that, by 2020, 50% of organizations will have suffered damage caused by fraudulent data and software. Companies today must safeguard the chain of custody for every digital asset in order to detect and deter data tampering.