Just when you think you’re reasonably on top of all the cyber threats out there, new ones emerge. Say hello to voice cloning. Or don’t say hello to it because you don’t want a scammer to have your voice.
Voice cloning made headlines recently when scammers called a frantic mom saying they had kidnapped her daughter and demanded $1 million in ransom. They “put her on the phone” and the mother was certain it was her daughter on the other end. It wasn’t her daughter, but it was her daughter’s voice.
The incident was described in a CNN report which illustrates the wider threat voice cloning poses: Sometimes, the caller reaches out to grandparents and says their grandchild has been in an accident and needs money. Fake kidnappers have used generic recordings of people screaming.
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