By Microsoft Security

Across the domestic and international stage, nation-state actors are increasingly using sophisticated influence operations to distribute propaganda and impact public opinion. These campaigns leverage various methods and technologies to erode trust, increase polarization, and threaten democratic processes. The result is a 900% year-over-year increase in the proliferation of deepfakes since 2019.

Skilled Advanced Persistent Manipulator actors use traditional media with internet and social media to vastly increase the scope, scale, and efficiency of their campaigns. Synthetic media is also becoming more prevalent due to the proliferation of tools that easily create and disseminate highly realistic artificial images, videos, and audio. This technology is advancing quickly, and we are close to reaching the point at which anyone can create a synthetic video of anyone saying or doing anything.

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