Fake nude images of thousands of women shared online

Fake nude images of thousands of women shared online
More than 100,000 women have had their clothes digitally removed from images. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: A new report by intelligence company Sensity said faked nude images of more than 100,000 women have been created from social media pictures and shared online.

Clothes are digitally removed from pictures of women by Artificial Intelligence (AI), and those photos spread on the messaging app Telegram.

Some of those targeted “appeared to be underage”, the report said, but those running the service said it was simply “entertainment”.

The technology used is a “deepfake bot”, according to Sensity.

Deepfakes are computer-generated, often realistic videos and images, based on a real template. One of deepfakes uses has been to create faked pornographic video clips of celebrities.

But Giorgio Patrini, Sensity’s chief executive, said the shift to using photos of private individuals is relatively new.

He warned: “Having a social media account with public photos is enough for anyone to become a target.”

The AI-powered bot lives inside a Telegram private messaging channel. Users can send the bot a photo of a woman and it will digitally remove her clothes and making nude image in minutes without any cost.

BBC said in its report that they tested the bot with multiple images ( all with the subjects’ consent) but none of them completely realistic.

Last year, a similar app was shut down, but it is believed there are cracked versions of the software in circulation.

“I don’t care that much. This is entertainment that does not carry violence,” the administrator running the service, known only as “P” said.

“No one will blackmail anyone with this, since the quality is unrealistic,” the administrator added.

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