Cybermom crime is apparently on the rise ...
A 50-year-old mother allegedly used machine-learning software to generate fake footage of her young daughter's cheerleader rivals naked, drinking booze, and vaping in a bid to drive them out of their squad. Rafaella Spone was this month arrested and charged with three counts apiece of harassment and cyber harassment of a child …
Mrs Spone sent her fakes via a VOIP service so the recipients would not be able to trace them back to her. She used the same service from her home internet connection for all the fakes so it took minimal effort from the police to identify the source house hold. Her OPSEC was sufficient for a minor irritation but not sufficient for committing a crime.
I hope the woman gets serious jail time for that. She clearly didn't consider how she'd feel if her daughter were targeted like that, or what it is like to be the target of such abuse. It's bad enough having male ne'erdowells do this sort of thing (Guys - I know it's only a small percentage of males that are that sick; I'm not having a go at all of you!) without having other women get in on the act as well! I hope her child is OK, as clearly the mother isn't a good parent.
Does a photo of a naked female (presumably above the age of consent) with a deep-fake photo of an under-the-age-of-consent teenage girl's face super-imposed upon it count as child pornography? If so, does anyone know why such a charge has not yet been brought against the woman?
I head about this on a Radio 4 program. Another example was where some 'revenge deep fake porn' used a lady's face, on a body committing various unsavoury pornographic acts, and associated it with her actual name. She was naturally very distressed by this when she found out.
In the UK and EU, I suspect that such deefakery would be in breach of data protection legislation as processing personal information (in this case an identifiable face and name) so as to cause great distress to the individual is unlawful. Anyone form Pincent Mason law firm still posting on el Reg (they used to be quite a regular feature) who can offer an opinion (for free, I cannot afford your fees right now).
Given that the mother and daughter reside in the same household, how do they know who created or sent the images? Legally speaking, the mother is responsible for the connection and anything sent over the connection, as her name is on the bill - regardless of who was actually using the connection.
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