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Almost Half of Indians Experience AI-Enabled Fake Voice Scams: McAfee Survey

The survey of 7,054 people was conducted in seven countries around artificial intelligence-enabled voice scams by imposters.
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The survey examined how artificial intelligence (AI) technology is fueling a rise in online voice scams

About half of Indians surveyed said that they are unable to differentiate between the real and cloned voice of a person while 83 percent of the victims of voice scams have faced the loss of money, online security firm McAfee said in a report.

The poll of 7,054 individuals was performed in seven nations, including 1,010 respondents from India, around artificial intelligence-enabled speech frauds by imposters.

The research proposes utilizing a vocal codeword among family members and trusted close friends as one of the preventative measures against voice frauds.

"About half (47 percent) of Indian people have encountered or know someone who has suffered some type of AI voice fraud, which is nearly twice the worldwide average (25 percent). 83 percent of Indian victims reported they experienced a loss of money — with 48 percent losing above Rs. 50,000," the research added.

McAfee performed a poll on how artificial intelligence (AI) technology is causing a spike in online speech frauds, with only three seconds of audio necessary to clone a person'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 research added.

The poll indicated 66 percent of the Indian respondents stated they would react to a voicemail or voice message appearing to be from a friend or loved one in need of money.

"Particularly if they felt the request had come from their parent (46 percent), partner or spouse (34 percent), or kid (12 percent). Messages most likely to elicit a response were those saying that the sender had been robbed (70 percent), was involved in a vehicle mishap (69 percent), misplaced their phone or wallet (65 percent) or needed assistance when going overseas (62 percent)," the survey found. The survey also found that the rise of deep fakes and disinformation has led to people being warier of what they see online, with 27 percent of Indian adults saying they are now less trusting of social media than ever before and 43 percent being concerned over the rise of misinformation or disinformation.

"Artificial Intelligence presents amazing prospects, but like any technology, there is always the possibility for it to be exploited maliciously in the wrong hands. This is what we're seeing today with the availability and simplicity of use of AI capabilities assisting hackers to expand their activities in more convincing ways," McAfee CTO Steve Grobman stated.

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