Deepfake sextortion: FBI warns of new threat

Deepfake is a term that refers to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to manipulate images, videos, or audio to create realistic but fake content. Sextortion is a form of blackmail that involves threatening to expose someone’s sexual or intimate images or videos unless they pay money or perform sexual acts.

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According to the FBI, there is a rising trend of malicious actors creating deepfake content to perform sextortion attacks. These actors may use social media platforms, dating apps, or online games to lure their victims into sharing personal information or images. They may then use AI tools to create deepfake content that shows the victims in compromising situations. Also, using voice cloning or impersonation techniques to make the content more convincing. The actors then contact the victims and demand money or sexual favors in exchange for not releasing the content to their friends, family, or employers.

This type of attack can have devastating consequences for the victims, such as emotional distress, reputational damage, financial loss, or even physical harm. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the signs of deepfake sextortion and how to protect yourself from it. Here are some tips:

– Be careful about what to share online. Do not send or post any images or videos that you would not want others to see. Do not share any personal or financial information with strangers or people you do not trust.

– Verify the identity and authenticity of the people you communicate with online. Do not accept friend requests or messages from unknown or suspicious accounts. Use video calls or other methods to confirm that the person you are talking to is who they claim to be. If you notice any inconsistencies or anomalies in their appearance, voice, or behavior, end the communication immediately.

– Report any suspicious or threatening messages or calls to the appropriate authorities. Do not respond to any demands or requests from the actors. Do not pay any money or perform any sexual acts. Save any evidence of the communication and contact the FBI or your local law enforcement agency as soon as possible.

– Seek help and support if you are a victim of deepfake sextortion. Do not blame yourself or feel ashamed. You are not alone, and there are resources available to help you cope with the situation. You can contact the FBI here.

Deepfake sextortion is a serious and growing cyber threat that can affect anyone online. By being vigilant and informed, you can protect yourself and others from falling victim to this malicious scheme.

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