Incident 200: Fraudsters Used AI to Mimic Voice of a UK-Based Firm's CEO's Boss

Description: Fraudsters allegedly used AI voice technology to impersonate the boss of a UK-based firm's CEO, demanding a transfer of €220,000 over the phone.


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by scammers, which harmed unnamed UK-based energy firm's CEO.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam

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Fraudsters Used AI to Mimic CEO’s Voice in Unusual Cybercrime Case · 2019

Scams using artificial intelligence are a new challenge for companies

Criminals used artificial intelligence-based software to impersonate a chief executive’s voice and demand a fraudulent transfer of €220,000 ($243,000) in March in what cy…


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