CBR Online: This Dark Web Store Deals in “Digital Doppelgangers” – Unique Chromium Plugin, Anti Fraud-Busting Tools. “Criminals behind a shop on the Dark Web that is trading over 60,000 ‘digital identities’ have developed a wide range of sophisticated tools to help users bypass machine learning-based anti-fraud systems, researchers at Kaspersky Lab say. Customers using Genesis marketplace can purchase unique ‘digital masks’, or hijack those of legitimate online shoppers; piggybacking on the behavioural characteristics of innocent users to circumvent anti-fraud software, the company said.”
The Guardian: Facebook takes down fake account network used to spread hate in UK. “Facebook has removed a network of more than 100 accounts and pages for ‘coordinated inauthentic behaviour’ on its social networks – the first time it has done so for UK-based operations seeking to influence British citizens.”
University of Washington: Fake faces: UWs ‘Calling BS’ duo opens new website asking ‘Which face is real?’. “Which of these two realistic renderings of faces is real, and which is a computer-generated fake? Biology professor Carl Bergstrom and Information School professor Jevin West — creators of the ‘Calling BS’ class and site — now have a website to help you better discern between fake and real images online.” I got several right in a row before I got suspicious and deliberately guessed wrong, at which point I was noted to have given the incorrect answer. Aside from the obvious glitches you might see, watch ears, hair, and teeth to detect AI-generated fakes.
CNET: Facebook, Instagram sue China-based firms over sales of fake accounts. “Facebook and Instagram are suing four companies and three people in China for creating and promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes and followers on the social networks.”
I wasn’t sure where to put this. PetaPixel: This Site Ranks the Attractiveness of AI-Generated Faces. “NVIDIA’s mind-blowing AI that generates faces of people who don’t exist recently led to an unofficial website called thispersondoesnotexist.com that lets anyone generate a new random face in an instant. Creative director Mike Solomon has built upon the idea with a new website called Judge Fake People that experiments with letting the public rank the attractiveness of AI-generated faces.”
BuzzFeed News: Twitter Suspended A DC Think Tank For Violating Its Rules Against Fake Accounts. “Twitter has suspended three accounts connected to a Washington cybersecurity think tank that has connections to senior government and intelligence officials, and that has a history of using shady social media practices.”
CNET: WhatsApp boots 2M accounts a month to fight misinformation. “Ahead of India’s national elections later this year, WhatsApp is trying to wrangle bulk messaging and fake accounts. Over the last three months, the Facebook-owned messaging has banned more than 2 million accounts each month for bulk or automated behavior.”