Senator Asks Big Banks How They’re Going To Stop AI Cloned Voices From Breaking Into Banks

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The chairman of the Senate committee that provides oversight of the banking sector has sent letters to the CEOs of the country’s biggest banks asking what they plan to do about the looming threat of fake voices created with artificial intelligence being used to break into customers’ accounts.

The move comes after Motherboard used an AI-powered system to clone a reporter’s voice, and then used that to fool a bank’s voice authentication security system. That investigation showed that just a few minutes of a target’s voice audio was enough to generate a clone that was convincing enough to break into a bank account, potentially putting the public at risk of such attacks, and especially those with a public presence such as politicians, journalists, podcast hosts, streamers, and more.


“In recent years, financial institutions have promoted voice authentication as a secure tool that makes customer authentication faster and safer. Customers have used voice authentication tools to gain access to their accounts. According to news reports, however, voice authentication may not be foolproof, and it highlights several concerns,” Senator Sherrod Brown, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, wrote in the letters.

Brown sent the letters to the CEOs of JP Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Charles Schwab, and TD Bank.

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