Incident 551: FBI Reported Surge of Extortion Cases of AI Media Featuring Sexual Explicit Activities

Description: The FBI reported an increase in sextortion cases featuring the use of fake, including AI-generated, images or videos created from content posted on their social media sites or web postings, provided to the malicious actor upon request, or captured during video chats.


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Alleged: unknown developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed social media users.

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Malicious Actors Manipulating Photos and Videos to Create Explicit Content and Sextortion Schemes · 2023

The FBI is warning the public of malicious actors creating synthetic content (commonly referred to as "deepfakes") by manipulating benign photographs or videos to target victims. Technology advancements are continuously improving the qualit…

FBI warns of increasing use of AI-generated deepfakes in sextortion schemes · 2023

The FBI on Monday warned of the increasing use of artificial intelligence to generate phony videos for use in sextortion schemes that attempt to harass minors and non-consulting adults or coerce them into paying ransoms or complying with ot…


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