Experts in computer security is not the first warning about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence. In recent years we have invented many neural networks, which in just a few seconds generating pictures of nonexistent people, and they could be used by scammers to defraud Internet users. It seems that the concerns of the experts is not without reason — the Associated Press recently documented one of the first cases in history of the use of artificially created pictures for spying on high-ranking people.
Profile with an artificial photograph of a woman was discovered on the social network LinkedIn for business contacts. In 2018, the number of registered users exceeded 590 million people, and among them there are a lot of VIPs. for Example, where you can find Floor-Winfrey — former Deputy assistant Donald trump domestic policy, so the social network is an attractive place for all sorts of spyware.
How to detect a fake account?
Creating a fake profile and putting in the quality of the photos created by the artificial intelligence face a non-existent person, the spies can easily creep into the confidence. Due to the uniqueness of the generated images to detect spy account using the search by Google image impossible. However, to identify a fake account managed the employee of the analytical center Chatham House Keyru Giles — he received a friend request from a suspicious account and compared information from his page with real data.
Profile Cathy Jones on LinkedIn
In the profile of some of Cathy Jones was given the picture of a red-haired middle-aged woman, a biography, stated that she has long worked at the Center for strategic and international studies. Information was false — the representative of the analytical center Andrew Schwartz announced that a woman with the same name they have never worked. Also in the profile it was mentioned that Katie has a degree in Russian language at the University of Michigan, but the University this name is also not found.
Features artificial intelligence photos
The falsehood of the account was also issued mounted on her photo. To find signs of artificial generation, the staff of the Associated Press asked the German artist Mario Klingemann, who has several years of experimenting with artificial intelligence. He made sure the portrait of a woman with blue-green eyes, red hair and a mysterious smile was created generative-adversarial neural network.
To recognize artificial photo can blurred background, blurred the outline of hair and ear, and unnatural streaks on the skin. You can verify this yourself by generating a face with created by one of the developers of Uber site-generator realistic individuals. If you look closely, you can see that in the photos there are floating in the air, hair particles and rough strips on the skin and the background is completely blurred and full of artifacts.
Enclosing a proof of the falsity of the account was that after trying the Associated Press to reach him, he was immediately removed. It is known that Cathy Jones talked to 52 people, some of them shared that they often take requests to friends from strangers. Almost none of them were aware that the account may be spyware, and entering into contact with him they put in danger not only personal information, but also fills other people — the likelihood that friends will accept an application from someone with mutual friends, is extremely high.
The Reaction LinkedIn
Representatives of LinkedIn, in turn, announced that it is actively working on blocking fake accounts. During the first three months of 2019 were removed thousands of fake profiles, but they obviously continue to appear. Overall, the company advises simply not to chat with users that are not credible.
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