Deepfake porn crisis looms as 3 arrested for superimposing celebs onto sex clips

A rise in celebrity fake porn cases points to a worrying increase in sex-related cybercrime worldwide, authorities fear.

Three men have been arrested in Japan on charges of defamation for using image manipulation software to put the faces of famous actresses and singers on porn stars.

They are accused of selling access to the images through a website. An analyst suggested that the Japanese police are heeding calls to pay more attention to sex-related cybercrime.

The three men – Masayuki Futamata, 46, and Gaku Yamaguchi, 33, from Tokyo, and 23-year-old Kentaro Kubo from Yokohama – reportedly used software downloaded from the Internet to create 215 deep fake videos.



The clips were then released on a pay-per-view adult website.

Police allege Futamata made more than 500,000 yen (£ 3,626), while they claim that Kubo made an estimated one million yen (£ 7,253).

The celebrities who appeared in the videos have not been identified by the police, but the arrests were welcomed by the Ever Green Entertainment Agency.

In a statement, the company said that some of its celebrities “who are victims of these illegally made videos have been attacked and targeted for abuse as some people have commented on social media sites that these videos are not fake.”



Deepfake porn crisis looms as 3 arrested for superimposing celebs onto sex clips

Authorities told Asahi newspaper that Yamaguchi and Kubo have admitted to defaming the women, although Futamata has denied the charge.

Under Japanese law, defamation charges can be brought against anyone who insults the honor or harms the reputation of another person.

Jake Adelstein, founder of the Japan Subculture Research Center, said, “In the past, cases like this have rarely been prosecuted, even though the statute is clear, but with the previous case just a month ago and the earlier campaign against ‘revenge porn,'” it is quite clear that the police have cracked down on this type of cybercrime.

“There are a number of states in the US where revenge porn is a crime, but Japan was quick to make it a crime nationwide and now they show that there are serious consequences for defamation through deep fake videos as well.”

None of the cases have yet gone to court, although if convicted it is likely to incur a fine and suspended sentence for a first offense.

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