The ‘deepfakes’, increasingly closer to reality

Rik Ferguson

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We have been keeping businesses, governments and consumers around the world safe for more than three decades. One of the ways we do this is by predicting where the next threats may come from and developing ways to mitigate them in advance. For several years we have been warning of the increasing technical sophistication of ‘deepfakes’ – audio and video content powered by artificial intelligence (AI) designed to trick users into believing it is real. Unfortunately, the events of a few days ago, in which several European politicians were deceived by using this technology, could show that this technology has advanced too much and too fast.

Although the accuracy of the account of this particular case is disputed,

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