Nearly Half of Indians Expertise AI-Enabled Faux Voice Scams: McAfee Survey


About half of Indians surveyed stated that they’re unable to distinguish between the true and cloned voice of an individual whereas 83 p.c of the victims of voice scams have confronted the lack of cash, on-line safety agency McAfee stated in a report.

The survey of seven,054 individuals was carried out in seven international locations, together with 1,010 respondents from India, round synthetic intelligence-enabled voice scams by imposters.

The report suggests utilizing a verbal codeword amongst relations and trusted shut associates as one of many protecting measures from voice scams.

“About half (47 p.c) of Indian adults have skilled or know somebody who has skilled some form of AI voice rip-off, which is nearly double the worldwide common (25 p.c). 83 p.c of Indian victims stated that they had a lack of cash — with 48 p.c dropping over Rs. 50,000,” the report stated.

McAfee carried out a survey on how synthetic intelligence (AI) expertise is fueling an increase in on-line voice scams, with simply three seconds of audio required to clone an individual’s voice.

“The survey reveals that greater than half (69 p.c) of Indians assume they do not know or can not inform the distinction between an AI voice and actual voice,” the report stated.

The survey discovered 66 p.c of the Indian respondents stated they might reply to a voicemail or voice notice purporting to be from a buddy or beloved one in want of cash.

“Notably in the event that they thought the request had come from their mum or dad (46 p.c), accomplice or partner (34 p.c), or baby (12 p.c). Messages most probably to elicit a response have been these claiming that the sender had been robbed (70 p.c), was concerned in a automobile incident (69 p.c), misplaced their cellphone or pockets (65 p.c) or wanted assist whereas travelling overseas (62 p.c),” the report stated. The survey additionally discovered that the rise of deep fakes and disinformation has led to individuals being warier of what they see on-line, with 27 p.c of Indian adults saying they’re now much less trusting of social media than ever earlier than and 43 p.c caring over the rise of misinformation or disinformation.

“Synthetic Intelligence brings unimaginable alternatives, however with any expertise, there’s at all times the potential for it for use maliciously within the mistaken arms. That is what we’re seeing as we speak with the entry and ease of use of AI instruments serving to cybercriminals to scale their efforts in more and more convincing methods,” McAfee CTO Steve Grobman stated.

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