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Amazon (sub)Prime? | FT Alphaville
Sellers say some product pools are now so contaminated with lower quality goods and fakes that the default shipment offered is not genuine. One product known to be particularly affected is the Apple EarPods (especially when they qualify for Prime shipping).
amazon  fakes  comingling 
4 days ago by libbymiller
Facebook connected her to a tattooed soldier in Iraq – or so she thought • The New York Times
Jack Nicas:
<p>Ms. Holland and Mr. Anonsen represent two sides of a fraud that has flourished on Facebook and Instagram, where scammers impersonate real American service members to cheat vulnerable and lonely women out of their money. The deception has entangled the United States military, defrauded thousands of victims and smeared the reputations of soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines. It has also sometimes led to tragedy.

The scheme stands out for its audacity. While fraud has proliferated on Facebook for years, those running the military romance scams are taking on not only one of the world’s most influential companies, but also the most powerful military — and succeeding. Many scammers operate from their phones in Nigeria and other African nations, working several victims at the same time. In interviews in Nigeria, six men told The New York Times that the love hoaxes were lucrative and low risk.

“Definitely there is always conscience,” said Akinola Bolaji, 35, who has conned people online since he was 15, including by posing on Facebook as an American fisherman named Robert. “But poverty will not make you feel the pain.”

Facebook has long had a mission to “connect the world.” But in the process, it has created a global gathering place where the crooks outnumber the cops.</p>

It's the 419 scam on steroids.
facebook  socialwarming  fakes 
11 weeks ago by charlesarthur
How Do You Spot a Deepfake? It Might Not Matter
A shadow looms over the 2020 election: Deepfakes! The newish video-editing technology (or really, host of technologies) used to seamlessly paste one person’s face on another’s body, has activated a panic among pundits and politicians.
deep  fakes  fake  news  fascism  neural  networks  perception  politics  post-truth  reality  video  stream 
july 2019 by therourke
A new method of spotting deepfake videos looks for the subtle movements we don't realize we make
It’s an arms race that neither side is going to stand down from any time soon, but researchers from UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California believe they’ve developed the next weapon when it comes to battling, or simply just accurately identifying faked videos. Using a similar process to how deepfakes are created – by studying existing footage of the current crop of presidential hopefuls – they trained an AI to look for the presence of each person’s 'soft biometric' signature. It sounds complicated, but when speaking, we all have subtle but unique ways we move our bodies, heads, hands, eyes and even lips. It’s all done subconsciously – you don’t realise your body is doing it, nor does your mind immediately recognise when someone else is – but as a result, it’s a detail that current deepfake processing techniques don’t take into account when creating a fake.
politics  technology  fakes  video  ai 
june 2019 by terry
The rise of the deepfake and the threat to democracy
There is only one confirmed attempt by a political party to use a deepfake video to influence an election (although a deepfake may also have played a role in a political crisis in Gabon in December). In May 2018, a Flemish socialist party called sp.a posted a deepfake video to its Twitter and Facebook pages showing Trump appearing to taunt Belgium for remaining in the Paris climate agreement. The video, which remains on the party’s social media, is a poor forgery: Trump’s hair is curiously soft-focus, while his mouth moves with a Muppet-like elasticity. Indeed, the video concludes with Trump saying: “We all know that climate change is fake, just like this video,” although this sentence alone is not subtitled in Flemish. (The party declined to comment, but a spokesperson previously told the site Politico that it commissioned the video to “draw attention to the necessity to act on climate change”.)

But James believes forgeries may have gone undetected. “The idea that deepfakes have already been used politically isn’t so farfetched,” he says. “It could be the case that deepfakes have already been widely used for propaganda.”
politics  technology  fakes  video  ai 
june 2019 by terry
'They didn't look old enough': who filled a French art gallery with fakes? | Art and design | The Guardian
Is Amiel a perpetrator or a patsy? Forcada has declined to evaluate artwork shown to him by Amiel, because the estate agent’s role in the affair is “not clear”. // pas clair - much harsher in French.
france  fraud  fakes  lecorbeau  provincialweirdness 
june 2019 by yorksranter
Adobe’s new AI tool automatically spots Photoshopped faces
The world is becoming increasingly anxious about the spread of fake videos and pictures, and Adobe — a name synonymous with edited imagery — says it shares those concerns. Today, it’s sharing new research in collaboration with scientists from UC Berkeley that uses machine learning to automatically detect when images of faces have been manipulated.
deepfakes  photography  fakes  technology  software 
june 2019 by terry
Deepfakes: Imagine All the People
Of course this isn’t real. The video was done by a company called Canny AI, which offers services like “replace the dialogue in any footage” and “lip-sync your dubbed content in any language”. That’s cool and all — picture episodes of Game of Thrones or Fleabag where the actors automagically lip-sync along to dubbed French or Chinese — but this technique can also be used to easily create what are referred to as deepfakes, videos made using AI techniques in which people convincingly say and do things they actually did not do or say.
deepfakes  fakes  socialmedia  video 
june 2019 by terry
Congress grapples with how to regulate deepfakes
“Now is the time for social media companies to put in place policies to protect users from this kind of misinformation not in 2021 after viral deepfakes have polluted the 2020 elections,” Schiff said. “By then it will be too late.” At the outset of the hearing, Schiff came out challenging the “immunity” given to platforms under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, asking panelists if Congress should make changes to the law that doesn’t currently hold social media companies liable for the content on their platforms.
socialmedia  fakes  deepfakes  video 
june 2019 by terry
Jigsaw Bought a Russian Twitter Troll Campaign as an Experiment
"Let's say I want to wage a disinformation campaign to attack a political opponent or a company, but I don’t have the infrastructure to create my own Internet Research Agency," Gully told WIRED in an interview, speaking publicly about Jigsaw's year-old disinformation experiment for the first time. "We wanted to see if we could engage with someone who was willing to provide this kind of assistance to a political actor ... to buy services that directly discredit their political opponent for very low cost and with no tooling or resources required. For us, it’s a pretty clear demonstration these capabilities exist, and there are actors comfortable doing this on the internet."

it cost just $250.
disinformation  fakes  disinfo  fake-news  russia  trolls  jigsaw  social-media 
june 2019 by jm
Mona Lisa frown: machine learning brings old paintings and photos to life • TechCrunch
Dewin Coldewey:
<p>We can already make a face in one video reflect the face in another in terms of what the person is saying or where they’re looking. But most of these models require a considerable amount of data, for instance a minute or two of video to analyze.

The <a href="https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.08233">new paper by Samsung’s Moscow-based researchers</a>, however, shows that using only a single image of a person’s face, a video can be generated of that face turning, speaking and making ordinary expressions — with convincing, though far from flawless, fidelity.

It does this by frontloading the facial landmark identification process with a huge amount of data, making the model highly efficient at finding the parts of the target face that correspond to the source. The more data it has, the better, but it can do it with one image — called single-shot learning — and get away with it. That’s what makes it possible to take a picture of Einstein or Marilyn Monroe, or even the Mona Lisa, and make it move and speak like a real person.

<img src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/monalisa.gif" width="100%" /></p>

Film makers of all stripes will love this. But it's also going to make the fake news of 2016 look like kiddies' play.
ai  fakes  animation  machinelearning 
may 2019 by charlesarthur

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