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Deepfakes: Microsoft and others in big tech are working to bring authenticity to videos, photos
2021-07-26 16:32

If you want people to trust the photos and videos your business puts out, it might be time to start learning how to prove they haven't been tampered with. Microsoft has a quiz you can take to see if you can spot deepfakes yourself; that's less a training tool and more an attempt to increase awareness and media literacy.

Combating deepfakes: How we can future-proof our biometric identities
2021-07-20 05:25

How worried should we be about deepfakes? What sort of threat do they pose to digital ID verification and the biometric technology that we are becoming so reliant on, and are there ways to combat the threat? While video deepfakes are arguably the most common, audio deepfakes are also growing in popularity.

Detecting Deepfake Picture Editing
2021-06-10 11:19

An image owner can modify their image in subtle ways which are not themselves very visible, but will sabotage any attempt to inpaint it by adding visible information determined in advance by the markpainter. A photo agency that makes stock photos available on its website with copyright watermarks can markpaint them in such a way that anyone using common editing software to remove a watermark will fail; the copyright mark will be markpainted right back.

DefakeHop: A deepfake detection method that tackles adversarial threat detection and recognition
2021-05-07 03:30

Army researchers developed a deepfake detection method that will allow for the creation of state-of-the-art soldier technology to support mission-essential tasks such as adversarial threat detection and recognition. Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, in collaboration with Professor C.-C. Jay Kuo's research group at the University of Southern California, set out to tackle the significant threat that deepfake poses to our society and national security.

Deepfake Attacks Are About to Surge, Experts Warn
2021-05-03 17:51

Cybercriminals are increasingly sharing, developing and deploying deepfake technologies to bypass biometric security protections, and in crimes including blackmail, identity theft, social engineering-based attacks and more, experts warn. A drastic uptick in deepfake technology and service offerings across the Dark Web is the first sign a new wave of fraud is just about to crash in, according to a new report from Recorded Future, which ominously predicted that deepfakes are on the rise among threat actors with an enormous range of goals and interests.

AI can alter geospatial data to create deepfake geography
2021-04-30 03:30

In 2019, the director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the organization charged with supplying maps and analyzing satellite images for the U.S. Department of Defense, implied that AI-manipulated satellite images can be a severe national security threat. To study how satellite images can be faked, Zhao and his team turned to an AI framework that has been used in manipulating other types of digital files.

US Senate approves deepfake bill to defend against manipulated media
2020-11-19 20:35

On Wednesday, proposed US legislation to fund defenses against realistic computer-generated media known as deepfakes was approved by the US Senate and the bill now awaits consideration in the US House of Representatives. Introduced last year by US Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jerry Moran, the Identifying Outputs of Generative Adversarial Networks Act aims to promote research to detect and defend against realistic-looking fakery that can be used for purposes of deception, harassment, or misinformation.

Phishing, deepfakes, and ransomware: How coronavirus-related cyberthreats will persist in 2021
2020-11-10 17:52

As COVID-19 continues to threaten the world, these types of attacks are expected to persist, according to cyber threat intelligence provider Check Point Research. In a report released Tuesday titled Securing the 'next normal, Check Point discussed its 2021 predictions in the face of the pandemic.

Microsoft builds deepfakes detection tool to combat election disinformation
2020-09-02 11:10

Microsoft has developed a deepfakes detection tool to help news publishers and political campaigns, as well as technology to help content creators "Mark" their images and videos in a way that will show if the content has been manipulated post-creation. The technology has been perfected since then and will surely continue to evolve and go on to produce ever more difficult-to-spot deepfakes.

AI-enabled future crimes ranked: Deepfakes, spearphishing, and more
2020-08-17 17:00

A study explores the possible range and risk of attacks from military robots and autonomous attack drones to AI-assisted stalking. A study published in the journal Crime Science analyzed a vast spectrum of AI-enabled crimes in the years ahead ranging from military robots and autonomous attack drones to AI-assisted stalking.