dutch politicians in the Netherlands recently learned firsthand about the dangers of deep fake videos. The Dutch parliament’s foreign affairs committee was duped into holding a video call with someone impersonating Leonid Volkov (above), Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny‘s chief of staff, according to NL Times and De Volkskrant.
The perpetrator has yet to be identified, but this isn’t the first time this has happened. The same impostor spoke with Latvian and Ukrainian politicians, as well as politicians in Estonia, Lithuania, and the United Kingdom.
In a statement, the country’s House of Representatives said it was “indignant” about the deep fake chat and was looking into ways to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The phony video call does not appear to have caused any long-term harm. It does, however, demonstrate the potential harm that deep fake conversations with politicians can cause.
A prankster could embarrass officials, while a state-sponsored actor could persuade governments to make bad policy decisions and isolate allies.
To detect deep fakes and ensure that each participant is genuine, strict screening processes may be required.