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An artificial-intelligence first: Voice-mimicking software reportedly used in a major theft

September 17th, 2019 at 12:52 am » Comments Off

A fake video featuring former president Barack Obama. A new worry: fake voice recordings that can be used to persuade people that they’re being asked to do something by an authority. (AP/AP) Thieves used voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive’s speech and dupe his subordinate into sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to a […]

Thieves are now using AI deepfakes to trick companies into sending them money

September 17th, 2019 at 12:42 am » Comments Off

So AI crimes are a thing now It seems like every few days there’s another example of a convincing deepfake going viral or another free, easy-to-use piece of software (some even made for mobile) that can generate convincing video or audio that’s designed to trick someone into believing a piece of virtual artifice is real. […]

Email sextortion scams are on the rise and they’re scary — here’s what to do if you get one

July 1st, 2019 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

Overall, extortion by email is growing significantly, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Compliant Center (IC3). Last year, these complaints rose 242% to 51,146 reported crimes, with total losses of $83 million. “The majority of extortion complaints received in 2018 were part of a sextortion campaign in which victims received an email threatening to send […]

Around the world, more say immigrants are a strength than a burden

April 1st, 2019 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Immigrants take the Canadian oath of citizenship during a ceremony in Toronto. Publics divided on immigrants’ willingness to adopt host country’s customs.

The new weapon in the fight against crime

March 11th, 2019 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

  Solving a murder or tracking down the perpetrators of sexual abuse often requires dogged police work. What if a machine could help detectives spot the vital clues they need? The images on Eduardo Fidalgo’s computer show mundane scenes – a sofa scattered with pillows, a folded duvet on a bed, some children’s toys strewn […]

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