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Cyber news of July

Let's take a look back at the cyber news that caught our attention in July:


1- VALL-E, Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence can imitate any voice with just 3 seconds of recording.

A 3-second sample is the time it takes for #Microsoft's new #AI, VALL-E, to imitate a person's voice and generate content with it.

The AI can therefore recite texts or say phases, in a person's voice, without the person ever having to say the words.

But it goes even further, as VALL-E can also reproduce emotions and the environment around the previously recorded voice.

If the audio sample was taken on the telephone, the AI will reproduce the sound of the voice speaking into a telephone.

Our fear? That hackers will get their hands on it and use it to increase the quality of their cyberattacks through social engineering, which is already the case with other, slightly less sophisticated AIs.

For the moment, the AI is still learning, and 60,000 hours of voice data have been integrated into its training. Only short clips in English, 3 seconds long and of varying quality. As a result, the AI is still sometimes a little robotic or not always up to speed on certain voices.

Summary of an article in "The Independent"


2- Creating fake QR codes, BreakDev shows the easy and instant technique used by hackers.

BreakDev, demonstrates a hacker technique for creating and using fake QR codes, to trick users into a phishing site.

Thanks to a Chrome extension that analyzes and copies QR code designs from well-known sites such as Discord or TikTok, hackers can then reproduce malicious QR codes on their phishing site almost automatically.

Summary of a "BreakDev" article (french article)


3- Senate and Assembly FR vote in favor of remote activation of private telephones.

After the Senat, the French National Assembly has voted in favor of the remote activation of telephone cameras and microphones by the intelligence services, without the owners of the phones being aware of this.

Adoption of the law is not yet final, and the use of such a procedure will only be possible with the agreement of a judge in investigations involving terrorism or organized crime.

Certain professions will nevertheless be protected from this law, such as doctors, journalists, lawyers, magistrates and members of parliament.

A law that worries many individuals, particularly for fear of abuse. It calls into question the right to privacy.

Summary of an article in "Le Monde"

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