Sensity company (Formerly known as Deeptrace), which specializes in AI information security, has discovered a network of Telegram bots that generate nude deepfakes based on arbitrary photographs of women. As of October 2020, DeepNude bots have generated photos of near 3.500.000 women.
Examples of DeepNude’s software can be seen in repositories on GitHub: the incoming image and the result.
Over the past 4 months, the volume of orders has increased almost three times. The investigation showed that most clients are asking to take nude photos not of celebrities, but of their own acquaintances who are known in real life. It is possible that some clients of the service are teenagers.
On Reddit and others Social Media posted treads about it:
Most such messages collect a lot of interactions and comments from the audience. Many users point to poor quality pictures. Which can’t really harm women.
Popular Deepfake Telegram Bot Names
- @DeepNudeChat_Bot – Link
@DeepNudeBotis not allowed
- @deepnudebots – new nude bot
@maloletki_v2is not allowed
- @Pix2Pixxx_bot – Link
A technology similar to DeepNude, the 2019 app that shut down shortly after launch, is now spreading unfettered on Telegram.Karen Hao
This time it has an even simpler user interface: anyone can send the bot a photo through the Telegram mobile or web app and receive a nude back within minutes. The service is also completely free, though users can pay a base of 100 rubles (approximately $1.50) for perks such as removing the watermark on the “stripped” photos or skipping the processing queue.
The researchers also reached out to Telegram and to relevant law enforcement agencies, including the FBI. Telegram did not respond to either their note or MIT Technology Review’s follow-up request for comment. Patrini says they also haven’t seen “any tangible effect on these communities” since contacting the authorities.
On a local computer DeepNude Software requires a powerful system and GPU. However, the entire ecosystem of Telegram bots runs from online servers, so the service is available to anyone with a phone. This is one of the main reasons why bots are so popular, says Sensity.
Perhaps, this rather primitive “erotic” application was the first commercially successful application of machine learning for image processing. It reminds a joke that porn is the engine of technological progress.