The Italian Information Safety Authority has began an investigation into the widespread use of bots that generate faux nude pictures on messaging app Telegram. The information follows an investigation by security firm Sensity, which discovered that as of July 2020 greater than 100,000 faked pictures had been generated and shared in public Telegram channels.

The bots can generate faux nudes which have watermarks or that present solely partial nudity, and customers pay to “reveal” the entire picture. Customers may submit a photograph of a girl to the bot and obtain a model of the picture again with clothes “removed” and no indication that the picture had been altered. And based on Sensity, a restricted variety of the bot-generated pictures, most of that are pulled from social media accounts after which manipulated, are of victims who “appeared to be underage.”

Sensity found that the fake nudes had been generated by the DeepNude software program, which surfaced online last year. Its creator took down the website saying “the probability that people will misuse it is too high.” In accordance with Sensity, nonetheless, the software program has been reverse-engineered and is broadly accessible on open supply repositories and torrenting web sites.

“The ease of use of this program makes anyone with a photo on the web potentially victims of deep fakes,” the Italian company said in a statement Friday (in Italian) saying its investigation into the matter. It plans to ask Telegram to offer data to confirm whether or not it’s complying with knowledge safety rules, based on its assertion.

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