Pornographic deepfakes are being weaponized at an alarming scale with at least 104,000 women targeted by a bot operating on the messaging app Telegram since July. The bot is used by thousands of people every month who use it to create nude images of friends and family members, some of whom appear to be under the age of 18. This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. The still images of nude women are generated by an AI that'removes' items of clothing from a non-nude photo. Every day the bot sends out a gallery of new images to an associated Telegram channel which has almost 25,000 subscribers.
Messaging app Telegram is under pressure to crack down on an AI bot that has generated tens of thousands of non-consensual images of women on its platform. This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. Law enforcement bodies are looking into the activity of a deepfake bot, which is believed to have been used to produce explicit images of underage girls. Data protection regulators in Italy have also opened an investigation into its use, and access to the bot has been restricted on Apple's iOS. The scrutiny of Telegram comes as multiple investigations into the use of the messaging service have also discovered private groups sharing non-consensual "revenge porn" photos and videos of women that were not generated by AI.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. A deepfake bot has used artificial intelligence to "undress" images of women on the messaging app Telegram, according to new research. Security specialist Sensity announced the research Tuesday, noting that the bot lets users "photo-realistically'strip naked' images of women." Deepfakes use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to create false, but realistic-looking clips.
Around 104,852 women had their photos uploaded to a bot, on the WhatsApp-like text messaging app Telegram, which were then used to generate computer-generated fake nudes of them without their knowledge or consent, researchers revealed on Tuesday. The text messaging service Telegram was used to generate and share these fake nudes. These so-called "deepfake" images were created by an ecosystem of bots on the messaging app Telegram that could generate fake nudes on request, according to a report released by Sensity, an intelligence firm that specializes in deepfakes. The report found that users interacting with these bots were mainly creating fake nudes of women they know from images taken from social media, which is then shared and traded on other Telegram channels. The Telegram channels the researchers examined were made up of 101,080 members worldwide, with 70% coming from Russia and other eastern European countries.
Photos underage girls share on their social media accounts are being faked to appear nude and shared on messaging app Telegram, a new report discovered. The disturbing images are created using a simple'deepfake' bot that can virtually remove clothes using artificial intelligence, according to report authors Sensity. More than 100,000 non-consensual sexual images of 10,000 women and girls have been shared online that were created using the bot between July 2019 and 2020. The majority of the victims were private individuals with photos taken from social media - all were women and some looked'visibly underage', Sensity said. Sensity says what makes this bot particularly scary is how easy it is to use as it just requires the user to upload an image of a girl, click a few buttons and it then uses its'neural network' to determine what would be under the clothes and produce a nude This form of'deepfake porn' isn't new, the technology behind this bot is suspected to be based on an tool produced last year called DeepNude.