Ukraine is using AI-generated images of women to trap and win sensitive information from Russian soldiers.
Molfar, a Ukrainian risk-assessment and analytics company, told The Times they were creating fake profiles on dating apps and ‘right-swiping’ their ‘really desperate’ foot soldiers to share war-winning details about the Russian invasion.
‘Angelina’, responsible for chatting with some soldiers from behind a fake profile, said they were looking for information about troop numbers, military equipment, success of the attack and logistical issues.
Activists say inexperienced recruits share information about their roles, where they are working and the changing experiences of combat on the front lines.
They claim to ‘don’t bother with horns’ because they only want to talk about sex.
Extracts from one conversation show a Russian soldier saying: ‘You need to get to Moscow as soon as possible. I don’t like to wait [sex] Too tall,’ before Angelina slows things down, advising him to be ‘polite and faithful’.
A Twitter user used the AI system Midjourney to create these photos of people at a party. Now, Ukraine supporters are using AI faces to extract sensitive information from Russian soldiers
A conversation between a woman and a Russian soldier, as published in The Times
Speaking to The Times, Angelina and her colleague, Masha, explained that they don’t feel bad about their goals.
‘They came to my country, they want to kill my people,’ Angelina explained.
He said his brother had died in the conflict at the beginning of the war and his father was currently serving.
National Defense Magazine explained that throughout the war, Ukraine and its allies have been innovating new AI technologies across a variety of applications, including satellite image analysis and battlefield damage assessment.
Geospatial intelligence is the main application of AI for Ukraine from 2022.
AI systems can analyze satellite images, combining footage from different sources to provide a clearer, more accurate map of the land.
AI-boosted facial recognition software has helped Ukraine identify fallen soldiers and counter disinformation.
Yesterday, the head of MI6 gave a speech at the British Embassy in Prague about the potential role of AI for British intelligence and the place of Russian defectors in espionage.
Sir Richard Moore has urged war-disaffected Russians to join British intelligence in demanding an ‘end to the bloodshed’ in Ukraine.
He said: ‘As they witness the vindictiveness, infighting and ruthless incompetence of their leaders – the worst humanitarian causes of it – many Russians are wrestling with the same dilemma as their predecessors in 1968.
‘I invite them to do what others have done in these last 18 months and join hands with us. Our doors are always open… their secrets will be safe with us and together we will work to end the bloodshed.’
Moore used the speech to emphasize that AI will aid in spy missions to uncover secrets that machines cannot reach.
He believes the technology will soon put a premium on spy agencies such as MI6 whose agents could be tasked with uncovering plots and conspiracies, infiltrating closed groups or influencing governments.
He did not believe that technology would replace people, but could be used as a tool to support them.
AI has long been used by spy agencies to aid in their missions.
In 2021, GCHQ announced that it wanted to use the technology to tackle issues ranging from child sexual abuse to paranoia and human trafficking.
A Russian soldier in occupied territory during the invasion of Ukraine. Molfa operatives said they were using fake profiles to honeytrap ‘really desperate’ soldiers and win information from them.
Another AI-generated image from Midjourney shows fake women at a party
As of March 2019, a Russian defector claimed to be in love with a Ukrainian spy and handed over war plans detailing a planned future invasion of Ukraine.
‘I have very special friends now,’ she said at the time. He is ‘much more important to me’ than his previous loyalty to pro-Moscow rebels in his eastern Ukrainian homeland.
He said Russia was planning to sneak 100,000 troops into the country in just four hours, bringing the country to its knees.
MailOnline has contacted Molfer for comment.
MOLFAR is a global community of 60 analysts and more than 200 volunteers working to identify war criminals, debunk Russian propaganda, and archive events, among other things.
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