The Italian Data Protection Authority has began an investigation into the widespread use of bots that generate faux nude photos on messaging app Telegram. The information follows an investigation by safety agency Sensity, which discovered that as of July 2020 greater than 100,000 faked photos had been generated and shared in public Telegram channels.
The bots can generate faux nudes which have watermarks or that present solely partial nudity, and customers pay to “reveal” the entire picture. Users might submit a photograph of a girl to the bot and obtain a model of the picture again with clothes “removed” and no indication that the picture had been altered. And in response to Sensity, a restricted variety of the bot-generated photos, most of which are pulled from social media accounts after which manipulated, are of victims who “appeared to be underage.”
Sensity discovered that the faux nudes had been generated by the DeepNude software program, which surfaced on-line final yr. Its creator took down the web site saying “the probability that people will misuse it is too high.” According to Sensity, nevertheless, the software program has been reverse-engineered and is broadly obtainable on open supply repositories and torrenting web sites.
“The ease of use of this program makes anyone with a photo on the web potentially victims of deep fakes,” the Italian company stated in an announcement Friday (in Italian) asserting its investigation into the matter. It plans to ask Telegram to offer info to confirm whether or not it’s complying with knowledge safety laws, in response to its assertion.