The proliferation of content generated by artificial intelligence (AI) is just beginning. Recent years have seen online accounts, run by bots, create fake news articles, divisive social media posts, fraudulent product reviews, and more. As mainstream access to AI tools spreads, the opportunities to use the technology for malicious purposes are on the rise.
Nico Dekens, a renowned open source intelligence professional, has noticed recurring patterns in content created using artificial intelligence. He demonstrates how he has used OSINT tools and even basic search engines to locate and identify online accounts that appear to be using autogenerated website content, social media posts, reviews, and hate speech.
Investigative approaches and techniques are covered, including a list of string text that can be easily searched to locate these types of accounts. There is also a detailed example for generating high-quality deep fake photos using Midjourney.
The author takes an ethical stance on the use of artificial intelligence and advocates for validating online content using OSINT investigative methodology. This paper provides an investigative study for identifying AI-generated content.