Jun 13, 2023

Can You Trust Your Ears? Hany Farid Ruminates on AI Voice Scams

From South China Morning Post

Can you trust your ears? Cyber criminals are using AI voice tools in new scam

By Agence France-Presse 

The voice on the phone seemed frighteningly real – an American mother heard her daughter sobbing before a man took over and demanded a ransom. But the girl was an AI clone and the abduction was fake.

The biggest peril of artificial intelligence, experts say, is its ability to demolish the boundaries between reality and fiction, handing cybercriminals a cheap and effective technology to propagate disinformation...

“Because it is now easy to generate highly realistic voice clones ... nearly anyone with any online presence is vulnerable to an attack,” Hany Farid, a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information in California, told Agence France-Presse.

“These scams are gaining traction and spreading...”


Hany Farid is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and the School of Information at UC Berkeley.

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Hany Farid (Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small for the School of Information)

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June 15, 2023