Politically linked deepfake LinkedIn profile sparks spy fears, Apple cooks up AI transfer tech, and more

www.theregister.co.uk | 6/16/2019 | Staff
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Beware, deepfake-generated accounts on LinkedIn An expert in cybersecurity and policy in Russia found a suspicious-looking LinkedIn profile containing what looks like a deepfake-generated profile photo.

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Said fake profile described a 30-something Katie Jones working at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a policy think tank in Washington DC. She had a smallish network with 52 connection to various folks at other think tanks like the right-leaning Heritage Foundation.

But something looked fishy. Keir Giles, a Russia specialist working at Chatham House, an international affairs think tank, flagged up the profile when he received an invitation to connect over LinkedIn. Intelligence experts told the Associated Press that the profile was probably created by a foreign spy to recruit American targets.

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“Instead of dispatching spies to some parking garage in the U.S to recruit a target, it’s more efficient to sit behind a computer in Shanghai and send out friend requests to 30,000 targets,” said William Evanina, director of the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center.

The profile picture also gave the game away: it looks like something created by a generative adversarial network (GAN). It’s realistic at first glance, and there are small details like the wrinkles around the eyes and nose that make it seem genuine. However, there’s a strange white mark on her left eye and the area around her ear is unfocused, making her earring appear blurry. Machine-learning experts said it had all the signs that it was created using machine learning software.

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It’s not difficult to do, either: remember the site, This Person Does Not Exist, that created a fake AI-made face every time you refreshed the page? All a miscreant has to do is whizz through some of that algorithm's output, and download one that he or...
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