Lauren Book deepfake nude extortion

Occurred: December 2021

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Florida lawmaker Lauren Book has been subjected to an extortion attempt using deepfake nude photos, according to the AP and other media outlets. 

South Florida teenager Jeremy Kamperveen allegedly attempted to extort Book by demanding USD 5,000 in exchange for not releasing sexually explicit photographs of her showing 'female genitalia and the portrayal of a sexual act' to Fox News.

Stolen graphic images of Book and her husband had reputedy been circulating online since 2020. Kamperveen pleaded no contest to charges of extortion and cyberstalking in June 2022 and was later sentenced to one year and one day in prison, followed by 10 years of probation.

Book responded by introducing legislation would strengthen Florida’s revenge porn law by making it a felony to buy, sell or trade stolen sexually explicit images from someone’s phone or other digital devices. It also makes disseminating altered or created sexually explicit images a felony. 

Florida's Sexually Related Offense law was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis on June 27, 2022 and took effect on October 1, 2022.

Operator: Jeremy Kampervee

Developer: Jeremy Kampervee

Country: USA

Sector: Politics

Purpose: Extortion

Technology: Deepfake - image; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning 

Issue: Privacy; Ethics
Transparency: Governance; Privacy

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Type: Incident
Published: January 2022
Last updated: January 2023