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    Deepfake Audio Helps Cybercriminals Steal Cash

    Security firm Symantec has detected three cases of criminals using faked audio to impersonate top executives and fool financial institutions into transferring them cash. Chief Technology Officer Hugh Thompson said an artificial intelligence system could easily be trained on publicly available corporate videos and media sound bites, stressing that with enough footage it could produce a nearly flawless model.

    Could this be the new weapon for cybercrooks? Possibly — though experts say criminals would need substantial resources to produce truly convincing audio deepfakes.

    Don’t miss this OZY op-ed about why A.I. could save humanity.

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