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An AI app that can spot deepfake videos of famous people

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A pair of researchers, one with Gymnasium of Johannes Kepler, the other with the University of California, Berkley, has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) application capable of determining whether a video clip of a famous person is genuine or a deepfake. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Matyáš Boháček and Hany Farid describe training their AI system to recognize unique body movements of certain individuals to discern whether a video was real or not. As deepfake technology has grown more sophisticated, it has become more difficult to determine whether a video is genuine. In the realm of public figures, such videos can become problematic. Such was the case when parties in Russia created a recent deepfake video of Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy saying things that he did not actually say--a video that was reportedly created to help the Russian government convince its citizenry of Russian state propaganda regarding the invasion of Ukraine.


Taiwan Parliament speaker says country is a 'beacon of democracy for Chinese-speaking peoples'

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Hudson Institute senior fellow Michael Pillsbury tells "Fox News @ Night" that war games conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on a Chinese invasion of Taiwan is "all the more reason to try to deter" an invasion. You Si-kun, the speaker of Taiwan's Parliament, spoke at the International Religious Freedom Summit on Wednesday and voiced why it is important that free nations protect Taiwan. "If Taiwan falls into the sphere of influence of CCP (Chinese Communist Party), then the beacon of democracy will be destroyed. And China may invade the first island chain and will cause a threat to the entire world," he said. You Si-kun, the speaker of Taiwan's Parliament, addresses the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C. (IRF Summit / Matt Rybczynski) Freedom House's 2022 Freedom in the World report ranked Taiwan a perfect score of 4 concerning religious freedom.


Was Israel behind drone attack on Iran military installation?

Al Jazeera

Israel appears to have been behind a drone attack on a military factory in Iran, United States officials say. Iran said on Sunday that it intercepted drones targeting the facility near the central city of Isfahan, adding there were no casualties. The extent of damage could not be independently ascertained. Iranian state media released footage showing a flash in the sky and emergency vehicles at the scene. Israel was behind the drone attack, The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed US officials and people familiar with the strike as saying.


Iran military facility rocked by explosion that officials say was 'unsuccessful' drone attack

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Three members of an Eastern European criminal organization with ties to Iran were involved in a murder-for-hire plot against a New York-based journalist, a U.S. citizen, the Department of Justice alleged Friday. A loud blast has been reported at an Iranian military facility and officials in the country say it was the result of an "unsuccessful" drone attack. "One of (the drones) was hit by the ... air defense and the other two were caught in defense traps and blew up. Fortunately, this unsuccessful attack did not cause any loss of life and caused minor damage to the workshop's roof," the ministry said in a statement carried by the state news agency IRNA. Iranian news agencies earlier reported the loud blast and carried a video showing a flash of light at the plant, said to be an ammunitions factory, and footage of emergency vehicles and fire trucks outside the plant.


A Link to News Site Meduza Can (Technically) Land You in Russian Prison

WIRED

When you run a major app, all it takes is one mistake to put countless people at risk. Such is the case with Diksha, a public education app run by India's Ministry of Education that exposed the personal information of around 1 million teachers and millions of students across the country. The data, which included things like full names, email addresses, and phone numbers, was publicly accessible for at least a year and likely longer, potentially exposing those impacted to phishing attacks and other scams. Speaking of cybercrime, the LockBit ransomware gang has long operated under the radar, thanks to its professional operation and choice of targets. But over the past year, a series of missteps and drama have thrust it into the spotlight, potentially threatening its ability to continue operating with impunity.


Drone attack hits US-led coalition base in southern Syria

Al Jazeera

A drone attack hit a US-led coalition base in southern Syria, the US military's Central Command has said. "Three one-way attack drones attacked the al-Tanf Garrison in Syria," a CENTCOM statement said on Friday. Two of the drones were shot down by the coalition, but the third hit the compound, wounding two allied Syrian opposition fighters who received treatment, the statement added. "Attacks of this kind are unacceptable," CENTCOM spokesperson Joe Buccino said, without specifying who carried it out. "They place our troops and our partners at risk and jeopardise the fight against ISIL." There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.


Russia-Ukraine War an outlook for 2023: more bloodshed to come with no end in sight

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Former Defense Intelligence Agency Officer Rebekah Koffler discusses why peace talks are unlikely between Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S., on'Varney & Co.' As we have welcome the New Year, many on both sides of the Atlantic are wondering whether the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the biggest war in Europe since World War II, will come to an end this year. The largest country on the continent, Ukraine, is being depopulated, having lost more than 100,000 of its citizens to death or injury. Europe itself is being destabilized by financial woes and influx of refugees from war-torn areas. Contrary to the hopes of many, not only will 2023 not bring peace, it will likely see the most bloodshed yet, as the key warring parties – Moscow, Kyiv, and Washington, D.C. – are all postured for decisive escalation. Here's why we are probably entering the "hottest" phase of this war.


EON Reality Brings AI-Powered XR Solutions to Defence Technology Institute in Thailand - EON Reality

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The partnership includes AI-powered XR solutions for staff and trainers at Defence Technology Institute. IRVINE, CA, December 19, 2022 – EON Reality, Inc. ("EON Reality"), a global leader in Virtual and Augmented Reality ("XR") industry and education solutions powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), has announced a new deal with Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTI). The partnership provides the staff and trainers at DTI with access to EON Reality's XR tools. One of the leading research and development agencies under Thailand's Ministry of Defence, the Defence Technology Institute launched at the start of 2009 as a major part of the Thai government's program to increase domestic production of necessary weaponry. But while its primary purpose may be arms manufacturing, DTI has proven an invaluable tool for all sorts of technological advancements and creations over the years.


North Korea supplying arms to Russian mercenary Wagner Group, US says

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The U.S. is solidifying a defense package to Ukraine, which would help assist Ukraine with shooting down Russian drone strikes on civilian targets. North Korea is supplying arms to a Russian mercenary group and could continue to deliver military equipment to support the Kremlin's war against Ukraine, the Biden administration said Thursday. The White House said the weapons "will not change battlefield dynamics," however, the private entity receiving the equipment, Wagner Group, is committing atrocities and human rights abuses across Ukraine. "Because the Russian military is struggling in Ukraine, President [Vladimir] Putin has increasingly been turning to Wagner, which is owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, for military support," White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Thursday. Kirby said Prigozhin has been spending more than $100 million per month to fund Wagner's efforts inside Ukraine.


World Economic Forum chair Klaus Schwab declares on Chinese state TV: 'China is a model for many nations'

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Center for American Security's Fred Fleitz unpacks the national security risks posed by China's access to TikTok data and Chinese-made drones flying over Washington D.C. World Economic Forum founder and Chair Klaus Schwab recently sat down for an interview with a Chinese state media outlet and proclaimed that China was a "role model" for other nations. Schwab, 84, made these comments during an interview with CGTN's Tian Wei on the sidelines of last week's APEC CEO Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. Schwab said he respected China's "tremendous" achievements at modernizing its economy over the last 40 years. FILE: World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab sits, as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (not pictured) addresses the delegates, during the last day of the WEF in Davos, Switzerland May 26, 2022. "I think it's a role model for many countries," Schwab said, before qualifying that he thinks each country should make its own decisions about what system it wants to adapt.