FBI Warns Against Posting Selfies
The FBI is warning people to be careful when posting selfies online. They say scammers and hackers are stealing the photos and then using artificial intelligence and deepfake technology to extort people.
WSB-TV says that the FBI warns “malicious actors” are making “synthetic content, commonly referred to as deep fakes,” by taking photos or videos and manipulating them to target victims.
The scam artists are placing people’s faces on other people’s naked bodies. They then threaten to send the pix and videos to the victim’s friends, family, and co-workers. The FBI says the scammers ask for money not to send the fake, X-rated material.
The “FBI urges the public to exercise caution when posting or direct messaging personal photos, videos, and identifying information on social media, dating apps, and other online sites” and reminds the public that even images that may seem harmless can be used by “malicious actors” to make “an abundant supply of content to exploit for criminal activity.”
Victims have access to a free service called Take It Down, according to the FBI, provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.