Incident 524: AI Voices Abused by Telegram User to Make Swat Calls as Paid Service

Description: Telegram channel Torswats offered paid service for and posted own recordings of false threats calls featuring AI-generated voices to direct armed law enforcement to raid locations of victims such as high schools, private residents, streamers.


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A Computer Generated Swatting Service Is Causing Havoc Across America · 2023

“Hello, I just committed a crime and I want to confess,” a panicked sounding man said in a call to a police department in February. “I’ve placed explosives inside a local school,’ the man continued.

“You did what?!” the operator responded.


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.