The MIDAS Trawler

June 2019


AI technology face generators

The ‘people’ below all have one thing in common – they do not exist. They were all created using AI technology and are available from free open source websites.

How can I check that a face is real?

Currently the faces on the free random generator sites all have a small defect that can be spotted by studying the image. Some are easy to spot whilst others are harder to spot as the defect is not always in the same place.

Spotting the defect….

However with free online photo-shop tools it is easy to remove the defect and even add a whole new back ground, but even with no changes it still has Google fooled…

Have a go at this quiz and see how many fake faces you can spot……

Invoice Fraud Scams


The Nat West Business Hub has an interesting article explaining how invoice scammer gangs are posing as legitimate payees of supply firms and tricking the targeted companies in to transferring money to them. According to figures published by UK Finance in their report Fraud the Facts these scams cost firms over £90million in 2018.

You can read the Nat West article here


Manage your online identity


Image by Denis Bogdan from Pixabay

It is important to keep on top of your social media accounts and to regularly check that your email address(es) have not been compromised. Three easy steps to help are:

  • Check to see if your email address has been compromised through known security breaches. A simple easy way to check is by using a free reputable webite such as ‘Have I been pwned?’ The site will check any inputted email address and give instant results along with relevant tips on how you can reduce the risk of being a victim of hacks and scams.
  • Delete old social media and other accounts that you no longer use. – However it is not always as easy as it possibly should be to have companies delete your personal details from their websites. ‘Just delete me!’ has useful information and direct links to a large number of websites account deactivation pages.
  • Update your privacy settings – check privacy settings on social media and other websites you use still meet your personal requirements. If you are unsure how to update privacy settings think about giving a site such as Plus Privacy a try. It is a ‘one stop’ website tool that enables you to easily change privacy settings of several social media sites at once.


People Hacking

Stephanie “Snow” Carruthers is a People Hacker for X-Force Red, an autonomous team of veteran hackers within IBM in this article she reveals some of her tricks to gaining vital business information from company employees.