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Video manipulation technology can lead to security risks

New ‘Deepfake technology, fake videos of real people.

Are AI-generated fake videos is a potential threat to AMERICAN national security?

A group of AMERICAN lawmakers thinks so. On Thursday, they called on US intelligence agencies to prepare a report with the evaluation of how the country would be able to stop ”

deepfake
“technologies of the spread of disinformation on the internet.

“We are very concerned that the deep-fake technology can be quickly implemented by malicious foreign actors,” reads a letter from the U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.).

The great concern is that foreign governments will one day crazy millions of Americans with AI-generated fake video or audio. Imagine an AMERICAN politician, is depicted as a racist remark, and the clip going viral just before an election. Thanks to the current machine learning algorithms, a bad actor would be able to pull this off. The technology can already clone of your voice, swap a person’s face with another, and taking existing images and manipulate the subject’s lips to say something else.

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Fortunately, the

deepfake
technology can’t completely manufacture all of the images convincing. Nevertheless, the lawmakers are concerned the technology is mature, and eventually end up in the wrong hands with devastating consequences.

“By blurring the boundary between fact and fiction,

deepfake

technology can undermine the public’s confidence in the recorded photos and videos, as objective pictures of reality,” their letter reads.

The lawmakers sent their letter to the Director of National intelligence, Than Layers, which warned the Congress about the Russian attempts to use AMERICAN social media to spread misinformation ahead of the mid-term elections. So far, the disinformation efforts are generally limited to inflammatory internet memes and advice from fake accounts. But the lawmakers called on the AMERICAN intelligence service to investigate whether foreign governments have already tried to use

deepfake
technology to spread disinformation in the US.

She also set the AMERICAN intelligence services to come up with recommendations on how to counter

deepfake
-produced content, and whether Congress needs to act in a certain way. The lawmakers have called on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to deliver the report of Dec. 14.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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