What Is Artificial Intelligence?

One of the many cool things about the new wave of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools is their ability to sound convincingly human. AI chatbots can generate text you’d never know was written by a robot, and they can keep producing it – quickly and with minimal human intervention. Unsurprisingly, cybercriminals have been using AI chatbots to make their lives easier. Police have identified the three main ways cybercriminals have discovered the use of chatbots for malicious reasons.

Three Common Tactics to Look Out for:

  1. Enhanced phishing emails

    Until now, terrible spelling and grammar have made it easy to spot many phishing emails. These emails trick you into clicking a link to download malware or steal information. AI-written text is harder to spot because it’s smart enough to avoid making mistakes. Worse, criminals can make every phishing email they send unique, making it harder for spam filters to spot potentially dangerous content.

  2. Spreading misinformation

    “Write me ten social media posts that accuse the CEO of the Acme Corporation of having an affair. Mention the following news outlets…” Spreading misinformation and disinformation may seem like something other than an immediate threat to you. Still, it could lead to your employees falling for scams, clicking malware links or even damaging the reputation of your business or team members.

  3. Creating malicious code

    AI can already write pretty good computer code and is improving constantly. Criminals could use it to create malware. It’s not the software’s fault – it’s just doing what it’s told – but it remains a potential threat until there’s a reliable way for the AI creators to safeguard against this.

What’s to Come?

The creators of AI tools are not the ones responsible for criminals taking advantage of their powerful software. ChatGPT creator OpenAI, for example, is working to prevent its tools from being used maliciously. It shows the level of security required even for the most intelligent software. Staying one step ahead of the cybercriminals is vital to your organization; that’s why we work so hard with our clients to protect them from criminal threats and inform them about what’s coming next.

Don’t let your business fall victim to cybercrime. Take proactive steps to protect your staff and assets. Schedule routine security training to keep your team updated on the latest threats and how to prevent them. With our expert assistance, you can stay one step ahead of malicious attackers. Contact us today to learn more.