Netherland Politicians Got tricked by a deepfake video chat
Sometimes, it’s best to learn lesson by having direct experience on some thing. That is the case of Netherlands politicians about the risks of deepfake videos.
the foreign affairs committee of Netherland parliament was tricked into having a video call with an impersonator showing as Leonid Volkov (above), Alexei Navalny’s, the Russian opposition leader, chief of staff, according to NL Times and De Volkskrant.
Name of the perpetrator is yet to be disclosed, however this, actually, won’t be the 1st incident. The same impostor also had approached some political personalities in Estonia, Lithuania and United Kingdom and also had conversations with Latvian and Ukranian politicians.
Netherland’s House of Rep had mentioned in a statement how “indignant” the deepfake chat was and is currently considering every possible way to prevent such incidents going forward.
Fortunately, it doesn’t appear that much damages have been done from the bogus video call, but, it does point out the possibility of damage that may arise from deepfake chats with politicians.
a state-backed actor could trick
A prankster may want cause embarrassment on officials, while governments might be fooled into making unfavourable policy decisions and segregating their allies.
It is necessary to have a very strict screening procedure to identify deepfakes and make sure that all participants are the people who are actually meant to be present on such conference.