Threat Source newsletter (March 24, 2022) — Channelling productive worry to help Ukraine


By Jon Munshaw. 

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Threat Source newsletter. 

The war in Ukraine has involved misinformation since before Russia’s ground forces invaded the country. So, it’s not really a shock that we’ve reached the stage of information warfare where deepfake videos are involved.  

Last week, a video made its rounds on social media appearing to show Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky telling Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their arms against Russian forces. It was, thankfully, quickly debunked as being fake and manipulated. On its face, that’s good news, but the bad news is pretty much anyone would have noticed the video was fake. 

On first watch, I could clearly see that the video was overly pixelated, his voice sounded deeper than what I was used to hearing in other news coverage, and his head just seemed…off. It didn’t take long for the internet at large to catch on and for Zelensky himself to debunk the video. The problem is, this was the best-case scenario for a deepfake video because it was so obvious. 

The next time there’s a deepfake video used in the information warfare portion of this invasion, it may not be as clearly fake. Even just days after that Zelensky

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