Verification expert Shamir Allibhai warns war could break out over manufactured evidence

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World War Three is poised to break out over deepfake military intelligence, an expert has warned.

Shamir Allibhai – CEO of video verification company Amber – believes nations could fabricate evidence “as a pretext to strike first and go to war”.

Alternatively, Mr Allibhai says some nations could incite mayhem by pitting different countries against each other using the technology.

He spoke as US President Donald Trump teeters towards conflict with Iran using war-mongering rhetoric.

Before then, the risk of WW3 came agonisingly close as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened to unleash nuclear weapons on the west.

But Mr Allibhai theorises that war may actually break out based on fake circumstances.

He told Daily Star Online: “If the military doesn’t implement video verification solutions conflicts could begin based on fraudulent information, such as that in a deepfake video.

“Imagine that a President declares war on a foreign country. The foreign country sees the declaration but is the recording real? Fake? Should the foreign country preemptively strike in the event it is real?

“Or did the foreign country actually create the fake video as a pretext for war and to justify it to their citizens and the international community? Remember when Colin Powell presented to the UN that Iraq had a weapons program.

“In the past, seeing was believing and video could just be trusted as fact. Now, we have to be much more skeptical.

“Altering audio and video is almost as easy as editing text in Word: you will soon be able to make a person say or do anything.”

He added: “In fact, there are states today who broadcast fake images to make it look like they are stronger and have more military capabilities than they actually do, in an attempt to boost their people’s morale or to sow fear amongst their enemies.

“Countries may even manufacture ‘evidence’ with deepfakes as a pretext to strike first and go to war.

“Or a third country creates and distributes deepfakes to provoke conflict between two of its enemies.”

Mr Allibhai previously warned of the risks deepfakes pose to the global judicial system, theorising that one day innocent people will go to jail based on false evidence.

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