Security Stop-Press : Deepfake ‘Sextortion’ Scams

The (US) FBI has issued a warning that scammers are altering benign photographs and videos to create explicit deepfake photos videos. The deepfake videos and photos are publicly circulated on social media or pornographic websites and/or sent to victims for the purposes of targeting them with harassment or sextortion schemes. The advice is to exercise caution when posting or direct messaging personal photos, videos, and identifying information on social media, dating apps, and other online sites.

Security Stop-Press : Scammers Advertise Hacking Services On US Government Websites

A senior researcher at the Citizen Lab has revealed that scammers have been uploading PDFs containing links to multiple government and university websites. Some of the PDFs have been found to contain links to websites offering hacking services for Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat accounts.

It’s also thought possible that some of the uploaded PDFs could have malicious content. It’s been suggested that scammers have been able to exploit a flaw (an out-of-date plugin module) in the Kentico CMS to upload the documents and it’s been reported that the U.S. cybersecurity agency, CISA, is working with affected websites to ensure these PDFs are removed.