Later that day, Madi Hine approached her mother and cried over the harassing messages, her mother said. Her daughter admitted that she was embarrassed and told her she had received anonymous messages describing her naked or saying she would die by committing suicide a month before the owner of the gym. get whatever fitness is.
“I am very sad,” said Jennifer Hine. “What keeps her awake is to go back to that gym.”
Days after Hine’s daughter returned to the gym, Ms. Hine said she began receiving anonymous cell phone messages about her daughter’s whereabouts and the sender was so disappointed. when your daughter is back in the gym. That prompted Ms. Hine to move her daughter to an out-of-state gym. But in August, Ms. Hine said, similar messages began being sent to friends of her daughter as well.
The owners of the gym expressed regret for the harassment campaign.
“Victory Vipers always uphold the home environment and we apologize to all individuals involved,” gym owners, Mark McTague and Kelly Cramer, said in a statement, adding that The incident occurred outside the gym and all participating athletes no longer attended there. “We have very clear policies and a very strict anti-bullying policy in our program.
Police officials said they carried out multiple search orders throughout the year to determine the source of the text messages. Investigators asked suppliers to disclose the IP address associated with different types of phone numbers, leading back to Ms. Spone’s whereabouts.
On December 18, police said they had entered Ms. Spone’s home with a warrant to search and seized several devices, including many cell phones. With another search warrant approved on December 28, the police said they had analyzed the devices and discovered that six messages on one of the cell phones had dated the victims. received the message.
Henry Ajder, who studies deepfakes, said crimes like the one that Ms. Spone was accused of committing were something he had seen imminent. Deepfakes creation has become more accessible to everyone through apps as well as face swapping and lip sync tools. People can even hire others through online forums to create more realistic in-depth photos.
Although many of the available applications, such as one via the MyHeritage genealogy website, do not produce extremely realistic images, Ajder predicts that in the next five years, technology will create depictions. More realistic descriptions may appear more broadly.