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💻 Back to the future: Apple has revealed the start of a new era in MacBooks with the launch of two new MacBook Pros that have more than a little in common with its 2015 models. As always, Six Colors has a great roundup of the announcement. Six Colors →
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🗺️ Latest Facebook ambitions: After revealing its vision for the world of AI, Facebook has now announced it is planning to hire 10,000 people in the EU to develop a ‘metaverse’, a virtual world of gaming, work, and communication, that will unlock access to a multitude of creative, social and economic opportunities. BBC →
Criminals steal $35M by faking director’s voice
Source: K. Grabowska
What’s the deal: So convincing was the deepfaked voice of a company executive, that criminals were able to dupe a UAE bank manager into transferring $35M into their own accounts across the world.
According to the alleged executive, his company was about to make an acquisition and needed the funds to do so. The bank manager had previously worked with the executive and recognized his voice.
So, believing everything was in order, he approved the transfer — straight to the criminals’ accounts.
Why it matters: Deep voice impersonation has become extremely sophisticated, and it’s still a lot easier than creating deepfake videos. Because this isn’t widely known yet, more businesses will be targeted in the future.
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