Patcay.com – Indonesia is gearing up for the 2024 election, and in this context, the cybersecurity company, Kaspersky, is cautioning the public about the potential misuse of deepfake technology.
Kaspersky notes that during the campaign season and election-related activities, concerns are growing regarding the creation of false content using deepfake technology.
Many are worried that deepfake technology could be used to influence the situation and public opinion leading up to the 2024 election.
Deepfake is a technique of manipulating video and audio content using artificial intelligence (AI).
Deepfake leverages AI technology to create videos, images, and voices that appear and sound convincing. This technology relies on layered machine learning algorithms, progressively understanding high-level features of raw input data, including human faces.
Kaspersky’s research also indicates an increasing demand for deepfakes, with some individuals even requesting targeted deepfakes involving celebrities or specific political figures.
According to Kaspersky, the cost of producing a deepfake video can range from USD 300 to USD 20,000 per minute.
Genie Sugene Gan, Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy for the Asia-Pacific, Japan, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa regions at Kaspersky, is warning the public about this digital threat ahead of the election.
She stated, “Digital threats such as SMS, email phishing, fake videos, and malicious websites should be anticipated in the lead-up to next year’s Indonesian election.”
Gan also urges the public to remain vigilant against harmful content they may come across online during the 2024 election.
She explains that cybercriminals are currently using the latest technology for financial fraud, political manipulation, revenge, disinformation spread, and harassment.
“Deepfake technology is not inherently dangerous, but if it falls into the wrong hands, it can be used as a tool for crime,” Gan said.
“Therefore, we call on all stakeholders to work together in building awareness and vigilance regarding deepfake technology and its potential for misuse,” she added.