Bank workers marry criminal ‘sleepers’ they meet at university, AI expert says
Bank workers are married to organised criminal "sleepers" they meet at universities, an AI security expert has claimed.
Scammers use the long cons to coerce finance staff to carry out major online fraud and identity theft, Simon Dennis of SAS UK said.
The ex-Army tank officer has worked for more than 20 years advising governments on private AI security tech.
He told the Daily Star: "Even organised crime are now infiltrating people into companies by sending them to universities, telling them to get in bed with someone who is a target.
"Five, six years later… when they are married to somebody in a bank they will activate that sleeper.
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"That's the level to which organised crime will go.
"The stories I know have not been in the UK but it may well have happened in the UK where you don't necessarily know."
He said one of his contacts had told him of how criminals encourage bank workers to bend the rules then use that to coerce them to carry out major scams.
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Mr Dennis added: "In a way it's blackmail, but certainly they are being coerced.
"Because people's behaviour changes when under stress. You can spot that behaviour using analysis."
He told us AI systems have already been used to flag suspicious behaviour from financial workers and police officers such as unusual online activity when their boss was playing golf.
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"There's experience globally in using AI to try and spot corruption in police forces there's experience to try and identify changes of behaviour," he said.
"There's a question here for ethics on how much you monitor your employees for their own good and respect their privacy and you have to get that balance."
Mr Dennis warned analysts had been left "surprised" when the AI tech flagged up officers for "using printers" at the office while at risk of divorce proceedings.
He said: "It's not an isolated case, I've heard of two places where this has happened, one in Europe and one in the US."
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He added: "I think the amount of things that AI is doing for good massively outweighs the small number of areas where people are being defrauded.
"Britain is very well placed in the AI space. Are we winning the AI arms race? We are there but it's a constant battle and that's particularly true with the financial service industries… fraud and identity theft.
"Human trafficking is a 100 billion dollar industry, which means it is the size of IBM. They have the ability to recruit very good people themselves and we don't know what they are doing.
"It's fast moving, there will always been moments where the bad guys have some technology that the good guys don't know about, but generally speaking the good guys are winning.
"Whatever you think of Facebook and Google they are not that bad. Then you've got the Chinese secret intelligence service – I would not make a comment on that whether they are good or bad. I've got no idea about it."
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