The downside to Artificial Intelligence: Deep Fake used to generate fake nudes of women

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We are living in the advent of technology and everything is available to us within a few clicks. But for trouble makers, technology has opened doors to create menace behind the scenes.In a shocking development, it was found that some unidentified cybercriminals have put out a system on the web that allows anyone to create fake nude images of women from a regular photograph.

In the research done by a cyber research agency Sensity, it was found that this system created online had already targeted at least 1,00,000 women. This has become a new channel of the threat of abuse on social media platforms.

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With this, everyone’s safety and privacy are at stake online, since it doesn’t take much effort for anyone to strip anyone naked.

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In the backend, there is a bot that allows a person to upload a photograph of a woman and recognize it, and then transform it into naked images.

The bot feeds back a version of the image with clothes removed and replaced by fake skin and private parts. The tool is available for free, but the photos are initially watermarked, users can pay $1.5 (about ₹110) to remove it, the report said.

The technology being used to create such menace is deepfake. A deepfake is any false media created by using an artificial intelligence technique called deep learning. The technology is being used severely to generate fake news and has gained momentum since 2017.Often, it is used to create deepfake pornography of celebrities.

As per the Sensity report, Approximately 104,852 women have already been subjected to this abuse and had their personal “nude” images shared publicly as of the end of July 2020. The report also points out that the number of these images is growing drastically.

Commenting on the same, Former Macafee’s Cybermum India Anindita Mishra, working for #MissionCybersafety said that, “Women should be more vigilant about sharing things online, even with the utmost amount of privacy there always remain a chance of your photos being misused or morphed for revenge porn or can be shared with pedophiles or on online porn market. As users, women have to be careful while sharing personal images online, One has to take their safety in their own hands, and should keep sharing limited to only personal circles.”

Talking about the growing harassment and abuse of women online, Dr. Rajul L Desai, Member of the National Commission of Women, says that “In any such case women should not keep it to themselves and suffer quietly, they should directly take it to Police, if they face anything like this, Government of India has formulated several cyber laws to protect the dignity of women.”

In India, these crimes are dealt strictly under the purview of cybersecurity laws. Usually, these sections apply- Section 499 (criminal defamation) and Section 354C of the Indian Penal Code (voyeurism), and Section 66E (depicting private parts of a person) and Section 67A (section against sexually explicit materials) of the Information Technology Act. However, crimes on the internet are sometimes tough to trace going beyond a country’s borders and with growing cases of cyber crimes, Police are looking at newer ways to crack down on troublemakers on the internet.

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