Jun 4, 2024

CNN Finds Fake Tom Cruise Documentary Is Part of Russian Influence Campaign. Hany Farid Points Out Signs of Deepfakes.

From CNN

Fake Tom Cruise documentary is part of a Russian influence campaign aimed at the Paris Olympics, report finds

By Sean Lyngaas and Donie O’Sullivan

Pro-Russian propagandists are ramping up their efforts to denigrate next month’s Paris Summer Olympics and undermine Western support for Ukraine through a series of brazen online and offline stunts, private experts and Western officials told CNN.

The stunts have included using artificial intelligence to impersonate the actor Tom Cruise’s voice narrating a fake documentary attacking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and placing coffins with an inscription invoking the Ukraine war near the Eiffel Tower, sources said...

Hany Farid, a digital forensic expert and professor at UC Berkeley, said the video had hallmarks of being manipulate using AI.

Farid ran the video through multiple deepfake detection systems and said they indicated that the voices in the video had been created using AI and that the lip movements of the State Department spokesperson in the video had been altered using lip-sync AI software...


Hany Farid is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and the School of Information at UC Berkeley. He specializes in digital forensics.

Last updated: June 11, 2024