Jan 23, 2024

Hany Farid and WIRED Discuss the Viral Biden Deepfake Robocall

From WIRED (Paywall)

The Biden Deepfake Robocall Is Only the Beginning

By Vittoria Elliott and Makena Kelly

deepfake robocall impersonating President Joe Biden is rocking the New Hampshire primary and no one knows who’s behind it.

Over the weekend, voters in New Hampshire and New England received a call from a voice that sounded eerily like Biden, touting election “malarkey,” and discouraging them to vote in the Tuesday primaries...

Audio fakes are especially pernicious because, unlike faked photos or videos, they lack many of the visual signals that might help someone identify that they’ve been altered, says Hany Farid, a professor at Berkeley School of Information. “With robocalls, the audio quality on a phone is not great and so it is easier to trick people with fake audio...”

Read the full article.

Hany Farid is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and the School of Information at UC Berkeley and a senior advisor to the Counter Extremism Project.

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

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January 25, 2024