How to hack Deepfake 3D software
Posted On June 13, 2021
The hacker who successfully exploited a vulnerability in Deepfake software to trick people into installing a malicious program on their PCs has been arrested, a US law enforcement official said.
The FBI and local police were looking into whether the hacker used Deepfake’s software to spy on his victims, or whether the attack was done with the help of an online botnet.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly, said the FBI and FBI-led National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) were investigating whether the hack was done using the help the Deepfake botnet and its victims, which were mainly computer security experts.
The hacker, identified as Andrew T. Chen, is a former software engineer for Deepfake, which was spun off from the company it once helped to develop.
The company’s former CEO, Jonathan Cauley, is in jail on corruption charges.
He used Deepflix to upload and distribute malicious software to more than 1 million computers, according to the FBI.
The company’s code had been downloaded by more than 100,000 users, but the software’s developers had left the code behind and it remained undetected until the hack, which took place in late December, according the FBI official.
The breach allowed Chen to infect about 150 machines with malicious code and download the malicious files to other computers.
Chen was arrested Wednesday in California on charges of computer hacking and distribution of malware, the FBI said.