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Dutch politicians were tricked by a deep video chat

Netherlands politicians only got a first-hand view of the dangers of the DeepFake video. According to NL Times And De volkcrant, The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Dutch Parliament was fooled into making a video call with someone using the DeepFake technique to impersonate the heads of Leonid Volkov (above), Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The culprit has not been named, but it will not be the first incident. The same overlord interacted with Latvian and Ukranian politicians, and contacted political figures in Estonia, Lithuania and the UK.

The country’s House of Representatives said in a statement that it was “rude” about the deep conversation and was looking for ways to prevent such incidents.

The fake video call does not appear to have caused any permanent damage. However, it describes the potential pitfalls from deep interactions with politicians. A prankster can embarrass officials, while a state-backed actor can deceive governments into making bad policy decisions and harassing their allies. Strict screening procedures may be necessary to spot deepfakes and ensure that each participant is genuine.

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