‘Grandma, I’m in jail’: How AI Could Reboot Online Scams

Grandma, I am in jail. How AI can reboot online scams
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Benjamin Ralph of the Capitol Current reports on deep fake technology, turbocharged by advances in generative AI and its effect on digital security and the justice system.

AI-assisted phishing is a threat not only to individuals, but also to large institutions such as banks, experts warn. In a study published in the ABA Banking Journal in 2018, researchers reported that in a simulated attack on a single bank, 99.7 per cent of phishing URLS were blocked. But with the use of an AI URL generator, attack efficiency increased from 0.69 per cent to 21 per cent — a 3,000-per-cent increase.

Benjamin Ralph of the Capitol Current

Quoting EDRM Global Advisory Council leader, Dr. Maura R. Grossman, extensively, the article lays out several scams. Dr. Grossman is a computer science professor at the University of Waterloo and an attorney and special master. She has been writing extensively on the subject.

The article explores three scamming methods amplified by AI: voice cloning, deep fake scams and AI assisted spear fishing. Two and multi-factor authentication, or “MFA apps” are explored as protection methods.

Many of the experts quoted, including Dr. Grossman, advocate for ethical and responsible AI, starting at the design phase.

According to Ralph, phishing-protection suggestions from the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security include:

  • Never give away passwords to callers
  • Assume that if a prize is too good to be true, it probably isn’t
  • Be cautious about messages that require urgent action
  • Do not click links sent by untrusted sources

As far as the future of artificial intelligence, I worry… more about things like bias and inequity, and a world where people can no longer trust their eyes and ears to know what is true. Imagine the impact on the justice system when judges and juries are no longer in a position to assess the veracity of the evidence in a case.

Dr. Maura R. Grossman,

Read the entire article here.


  • Mary Mack

    Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary was the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for 10 years and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She holds the CISSP among her certifications.

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