Lawmakers warn doctored videos pose national security threat

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and experts are warning that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election.The technology uses facial mapping and artificial intelligence to produce videos — known as “deep fakes” — that appear genuine.The House Intelligence Committee chairman says it allows “malicious actors to foment chaos, division or crisis.” Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California says such videos “have the capacity to disrupt entire campaigns, including that for the presidency.”Experts say tech companies should take action to counter false videos, and that the U.S. could use sanctions and cyberattacks against producers of such content.U.S. intelligence officials have determined that Russia waged a political disinformation campaign on social media to influence the 2016 election.Susannah George, The Associated Press read more

Haiti UN peacekeepers kill four arrest 33 in new antigang operation in

Thirty-three other gang members were apprehended and turned over to the Haitian authorities, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) reported.There were no civilian or UN casualties in the battle which erupted in the Pele zone of the Cité Militaire area when the blue helmets came under attack by men firing heavy weapons.The battle followed several UN search and security operations over the weekend in which one suspect was killed, two people wounded, nine others arrested, weapons seized and stolen vehicles recovered.Two other UN posts came under attack yesterday but there were no casualties, according to MINUSTAH, which was set up by the Security Council last year to help to re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February 2004. read more