Voice cloning enables many beneficial applications, but can also help bad actors commit crimes and erode public trust by impersonating people without their consent
San Diego, California, January 9, 2024 — ID R&D, a Mitek company, and an award-winning provider of voice biometrics and liveness technology, today introduced voice clone detection as a new option for its IDLive® Voice liveness detection product. Detecting voice clones and audio deepfakes can prevent fraud and crime, deter bad actors, and help preserve trust in the authenticity of digital audio communication.
The software processes a recording of speech and uses AI to determine whether it was spoken by a person or a voice clone. The covert use of a voice clone is a strong indicator of criminal intent.
Generative AI has substantially accelerated the advancement of audio deepfakes and voice clones. Today’s voice clones, created using just a short audio sample of a person’s voice, are virtually impossible for people to differentiate from their source. It is a powerful technology with many compelling applications in communications, healthcare, and productivity, particularly when combined with text-to-speech and conversational AI. But it can also be used to commit fraud and other crimes by impersonating people without their consent. These include account takeover, identity theft, misinformation, extortion, defamation, and appropriation of identity.
President Biden has issued an Executive Order that established standards in AI security and safety in an effort to protect Americans privacy while seizing the promise of AI. Bruce Reed, White House deputy chief of staff spearheading the AI strategy of the Biden administration, recently said that what worries him most about AI is voice cloning.
“Just as deepfakes have made it harder to distinguish between fact and fiction in the digital world, voice clones make it hard to believe what we hear said by people we think we know and recognize,” commented Alexey Khitrov, ID R&D CEO and Co-Founder and Mitek GM. “In a world where deepfake impersonations are proliferating so rapidly, voice clone detection plays an essential role in preserving trust between people and technology, securing the voice interface from fraud.”
About IDLive Voice Clone Detection
ID R&D’s IDLive Voice clone detection product is delivered as an SDK and operates on the customer premise either as a standalone function or in concert with ID R&D’s other voice biometrics and liveness products. Just three seconds of a person speaking can be submitted to the API to get a score indicating the likelihood that it was created using cloning technology from among the leading providers. It can detect clone attacks using replays or more advanced software- and hardware-based hacking methods. The detection operates on audio played into a mobile device or any other device with a microphone.
About ID R&D
ID R&D, a Mitek company, is an award-winning provider of AI-based voice and face biometrics and liveness detection. With one of the strongest R&D teams in the industry, ID R&D consistently delivers innovative, best-in-class biometric capabilities that raise the bar in terms of usability and performance. Our proven products have achieved superior results in industry-leading challenges, third-party testing, and real-world deployments in more than 70 countries. ID R&D’s solutions are available for easy integration with mobile, web, messaging, and telephone channels, as well as in smart speakers, set-top boxes, and other IoT devices. ID R&D is based in New York, NY. Learn more at www.idrnd.ai.
Mitek (NASDAQ: MITK) is a global leader in digital access, founded to bridge the physical and digital worlds. Mitek’s advanced identity verification technologies and global platform make digital access faster and more secure than ever, providing companies new levels of control, deployment ease and operation, while protecting the entire customer journey. Trusted by 99% of U.S. banks for mobile check deposits and 7,900 of the world’s largest organizations, Mitek helps companies reduce risk and meet regulatory requirements. Learn more at www.miteksystems.com.
Angela Romei, Mitek Senior Director