A deepfake bot generated ‘nude’ pictures of over 100,000 women

A new report discovered that fake nudes of women were shared and traded in the messaging app Telegram. — Pixabay

A “deepfake ecosystem” that could generate fake nudes on request. A new report from security firm Sensity revealed that 104,852 women were targeted in July by an AI-powered bot that allowed users to create fake nudes of them from images on social media. The pictures were later shared and traded in various Telegram channels.

These seven affiliated channels on the messaging app attracted 103,585 users by the end of July, according to Sensity’s investigation. “While this figure does not account for the likelihood that many members are part of multiple channels, the ‘central hub’ channel alone attracted 45,615 unique members,” researchers wrote in the report.

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