The FBI says AI-generated videos are increasingly being used to blackmail people
All it takes is an AI to generate a video depicting any person engaged in unseemly activities. Criminals use them to blackmail their victims.
The FBI has issued a warning regarding the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the creation of fake videos for sextorsion schemes . Sextortion is a problem that has persisted for many years and which typically involves the victim being threatened and forced to pay a sum of money, as a way to prevent the sharing of explicit content depicting him, usually obtained previously or through the deception or through the use of trojan malware on your computer. In some cases, extortionists actually possess real explicit material obtained from the victim or through account breaches, while in other cases, they make false claims without providing any proof.
Now generative artificial intelligences make it possible to create videos depicting any person on the table, in short, creating unsuitable material out of nothing. In jargon, these contents are called deepfake videos, precisely because they have been generated synthetically and have nothing real about them.
According to the FBI, there has recently been an increase in the use of AI to generate fake videos that appear to depict real people engaging in sexually explicit activity. These manipulated videos are then disseminated on social media platforms or pornographic sites to harass victims or as part of sextorsion schemes .
The use of AI in the creation of fake videos adds a new dimension to the already harmful practice of online extortion, making it more difficult to distinguish between genuine and manipulated content. The FBI warning serves as a reminder to people to remain cautious about sharing personal information or explicit content online, and to report any incidents to the proper authorities.