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

About half of Indians surveyed mentioned that they’re unable to distinguish between the actual 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 mentioned in a report.

The survey of seven,054 folks was performed 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 members of the family and trusted shut mates as one of many protecting measures from voice scams.

“About half (47 percent) of Indian adults have experienced or know someone who has experienced some kind of AI voice scam, which is almost double the global average (25 percent). 83 percent of Indian victims said they had a loss of money — with 48 percent losing over Rs. 50,000,” the report mentioned.

McAfee performed 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 more than half (69 percent) of Indians think they don’t know or cannot tell the difference between an AI voice and real voice,” the report mentioned.

The survey discovered 66 p.c of the Indian respondents mentioned they’d reply to a voicemail or voice be aware purporting to be from a good friend or liked one in want of cash.

“Particularly if they thought the request had come from their parent (46 percent), partner or spouse (34 percent), or child (12 percent). Messages most likely to elicit a response were those claiming that the sender had been robbed (70 percent), was involved in a car incident (69 percent), lost their phone or wallet (65 percent) or needed help while travelling abroad (62 percent),” the report mentioned. The survey additionally discovered that the rise of deep fakes and disinformation has led to folks 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.

“Artificial Intelligence brings incredible opportunities, but with any technology, there is always the potential for it to be used maliciously in the wrong hands. This is what we’re seeing today with the access and ease of use of AI tools helping cybercriminals to scale their efforts in increasingly convincing ways,” McAfee CTO Steve Grobman mentioned.

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