ISIS is on the brink of recruiting support by using deepfake technology of ex-leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi still alive, an expert has warned.
US President Donald Trump recently announced al-Baghdadi had been wiped out in a major blow to the evil terror group.
But video verification expert Shamir Allibhai believes deepfake material of the dead leader could be used to recruit new soldiers.
Mr Allibai says this would whip up support by making potential recruits doubt Trump’s intelligence and paint him as a liar in their eyes.
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The CEO of video verification company, Amber, told Daily Star Online: “An important goal may be to try and rally the ISIS supporters and ‘show’ that the US is lying.
“For the US to kill an ISIS leader is deflating but having it seem like that leader is still alive with video ‘evidence’ (that appears real and believable) could counteract that, if not give the group’s supporters a morale boost.
“The tech to create fake video continues to get better, easier, and cheaper and different groups will use it to create propaganda that teases or sows doubt in their enemy and/or rallies their supporters.”
Mr Allibhai believes deepfakes that are unrecognisable are “already here” and warned they could wreak havoc on the 2020 US Presidential election.
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Deepfakes have also been used to depict high-profile celebrities in fabricated porn videos, which have been viewed by huge audiences online.
But the technology could have potentially fatal consequences if used for war propaganda.
Mr Allibhai previously told us: “They (ISIS) can bring him ‘back from the dead’ using deepfake video tech.
“They may want to try and fool the US such as to try and deceive the intelligence community or sow doubt amongst the American public.
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“The US intel community could have doubt and be tricked if the video looks real, they don’t have video verification tech, and they don’t have conclusive physical evidence that proves the person in question was killed.
“The ramifications if video authentication and deepfake detection tech is not used is that society will fragment and people will believe, in a world where video can’t be trusted, whatever they want to believe based on their existing biases.
“If you don’t like or trust Trump, you may give credence to an internet video that purports and depicts ISIS’ leader to still be alive.”