Pennsylvania woman accused of using Deepfake technology to harass cheerleaders

Later that day, Madi Hine wept closer to her mother and wept hysterically over the harassing texts, her mother said. Her daughter admitted that she had an embarrassment, and told her that for a month she had received anonymous text messages suggesting she was naked or had to die her suicide before the owners of the gym received anything.

“I was so upset,” Jennifer Hine said. “What kept her sane was to return to that gym.”

A few days after me. Hine’s daughter returned to the gym, Ms. Hine said she started receiving anonymous text messages on her cell phone about where her daughter was and how the sender was disappointed that her daughter had returned to the gym. This has me. Hine urged her to move her daughter to an outdoor gym. But in August, me. Hine said, similar texts also started going to her daughter’s friends.

The gym’s owners have expressed regret over the harassment campaign.

“Victory Vipers has always promoted a family environment and we are sorry for all involved,” gym owners Mark McTague and Kelly Cramer said in a statement, adding that the incident took place outside the gym and that all the athletes involved were no longer involved. attended there. “We have a very established policy and a very strict anti-bullying policy in our program.”

Police officers said they executed multiple search warrants throughout the year to determine the source of the text messages. Investigators requested that providers disclose the IP addresses associated with the various phone numbers, which led back to me. Spone’s home.

According to the police, on December 18, they issued a search warrant with Mrs. Spones entered and seized several devices, including several cell phones. With another approved warrant on Dec. 28, police said they analyzed the devices and found that six messages on one of the cell phones matched the date the victims received the text.

Henry Ajder, who investigates deep fakes, said crimes like Ms. Spoons accused of wearing them is something he saw. The generation of deep fakes has become more accessible to people through programs and tools for exchanging faces and lip-syncing. People can even hire others via online forums to generate more realistic pitfalls.

Although many of the available programs, such as one on the genealogical website MyHeritage, do not produce incredibly realistic images, Mr. Ajder that technology to create realistic images could appear wider in the next five years.

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