Have you ever wondered how you would look like if you would be a movie star? For example, how you would look if you would simply replace Leonardo DiCaprio in the Titanic movie?
Or that you could become the President of the United States for a few minutes and give an online speech instead of him?
That would be probably really cool right?
What if I would tell you that such a technology already exist?
And that it actually takes only few seconds to make such a video.
Or that such a technology can be used to commit cybercrime, influence public opinion or even affect elections?
Simply said, welcome to the era of DEEPFAKE technology.
What is deepfake?
According to Wikipedia,
To translate it into simpler language,
The history of deepfake technology.
Somewhere around 1997, the first faked videos appeared. They were made in a very simple way and you could easily identify that it was fake. In the original video footage with people speaking the original voice was replaced with another audio played from a different source.
In 2017 the word DEEPFAKE was created and mentioned by an amateur REDDIT user named “
This community created many fake videos which were shared on Reddit and the internet.
Those videos were quickly identified on platforms like Twitter, Reddit or PornHub and banned shortly after publishing.
In 2018 the “deepfakes” community was banned for violating the content policy of Reddit.
Since then, many
How can be
deepfake technology used?
As I said, the
Just take a look at this video from Buzzfeedvideo which is in my opinion “unbelievable”.
Do you see why I think it is unbelievable? Just a few years ago nothing like this would be possible. And today, it takes only a few minutes to create.
And believe it or not, such a video with fake content can easily become viral on the internet or social networks and reach millions of people in just a few days.
Last but not least, this kind of content can easily influence public opinion or even elections.
First cybercrime using the deepfake technology.
We have talked about the fake video. And how about fake text messages or even a fake voice?
Or a fake call which can cost your company $243,000?
Earlier this year The Wall Street Journal reported an unusual fraud. According to the report, fraudsters tricked a CEO with a fake voice call from his boss. In that call, his German boss (CEO of the mother company) demanded on him that he should make a money transfer to a Hungarian supplier.
As he suspected nothing unusual and knew the voice he actually confirmed the transfer. Once the transfer was made, the money was further transferred to Mexico and other locations. And of course, they disappeared.
This was one of the first cybercrime when artificial intelligence was used in such a way.
How to recognize and fight
In the past few months there were many cases when famous people from around the world were fighting against deepfake.
The website named NotJordanPeterson.com created many videos using AI (artificial intelligence) with the face and voice of the real Dr. Jordan Peterson. The website was taken down after he said he will take legal actions against it.
The only way to fight AI is to use AI against it.
DeFake is a Google Chrome extension which uses machine learning to recognize the fake content. Thanks to its knowledge of the real public figure the video can be checked in real-time and
According to the DeFake app developers, you can even send them a link with the concerned video. Later on, you will receive the result confirming or denying the
Facebook is taking up the fight against deepfake.
If you are worried about the fake content you are not alone – Facebook is too.
It has partnered up with Microsoft and others and created THE DEEPFAKE DETECTION CHALLENGE. The challenge is starting in October 2019 and has only 1 goal. It is designed to invite and incentivize participants to compete, detect and fight fake content.
If you are interested in participating in the challenge check out the FAQ site for more details.
So as you see we live in a very dangerous era where everything is possible.
The fight against
And as you see there are tools, and ways which can help you with that.
Together we are stronger.
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