States witnesses, undercover agents, and innocent people all over the world have been put on notice – it is now possible (even effortless) for pixelated photos, license plates, and other images to be completely de-pixelated, with the total image underneath and behind pixelation to be revealed completely.
This is big, BIG news!
Researchers at the University of Texas partnering with other research teams at Cornell University have found that it is possible to completely de-pixelate damages that contain sensitive information with a success rate of about 83% after five passes, completely transforming the previously pixelated picture into a crystal-clear high-definition image without having to chew up any extra processing power.
Using advanced Artificial Intelligence technology to handle the heavy lifting, the pixelation technology used by most government agencies, state departments, and with consumers can be completely undone and about five minutes or less – depending entirely upon the power of the processor being used.
This is a huge threat to Internet privacy for sure, but government and state agencies all over the world are even more nervous about the potential for this de-pixelation software. Often times they use pixelation techniques to protect important VIPs, potential witnesses, and undercover agents – and all of these individuals can now be exposed, even if the photographs were taken decades in the past!
The latest technology for decoding images, called the TORCH system, is completely open source and leverages all of the information and images uploaded to the platform to draw from when de-pixelation is under way.
Drawing off of this in-depth library of resources allows the TORCH system to work faster and faster as it is used more frequently, giving those that are “late adopters” to the program the ability to crack the pixelation of their images even faster than those that jumped on board right off the bat.
Using intelligent templates and the neural network of open source data available to the tool, TORCH has been completely decoding images that have been pixelated in as few as three minutes from start to finish, and the platform is getting even faster as time goes on.
Popular privacy tools (like YouTube and its “blurb” tool) have been cracked even faster than that, and the researchers said the University of Texas and Cornell Avenue doubt other recommendations to help people better protect their privacy from adaptive tools like this one:
At the end of the day, technology is definitely on pace to make the world a much more open existence than anyone could have ever expected or anticipated. Even the privacy of individuals that have had their pixelated photos taken 20, 30, or 40 years or more ago are now risking exposure – something that no one could have predicted previously!