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Cybercriminals Leveraging AI for Malicious Use

By CIOReview | Friday, December 4, 2020

AI systems are being developed to improve malware's effectiveness and disrupt anti-malware and facial recognition systems.

FREMONT, CA: As Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications start to make a significant real-world impact, it is becoming clear that this will be a vital technology for the future. However, just as the advantages to AI society are very real, so is the threat of malicious use. Shining a light on the dark side of AI and stimulate further discussion on this important topic. Cybercriminals are leveraging artificial intelligence for malicious use, both as an attack vector and an attack surface, states a new report.  Learn more here.

Deep fakes are presently the best-known use of AI as an attack vector. However, the report alarms that new screening technology will be required to reduce the risk of disinformation campaigns and extortion, and threats that target AI data sets. The report offers law enforcers, policymakers, and other organizations with data on existing and potential attacks using AI and recommendations on reducing these risks. AI promises the business world greater efficiency, automation, and autonomy. When people are getting increasingly concerned about the possible misuse of AI, organizations have to be transparent about the threats and look into the potential benefits of AI technology.

Top Homeland Security CompaniesCybercriminals have always been early embracer of advanced technology, and AI is no different. As this report reveals, it is already being used for password guessing, CAPTCHA-breaking, and voice cloning, and there are several malicious innovations in the works. AI could also be used to support convincing social engineering attacks at scale, document-scraping malware to make attacks efficient, evasion of image recognition and voice biometrics, ransomware attacks through intelligent targeting and evasion, and data pollution by detecting blind spots in detection rules.

Research is continuing to stimulate the development of defensive technology and guard AI design frameworks, public-private partnerships to be used, and the creation of multidisciplinary expert groups. Experts also recommend that AI's potential can be harnessed as a crime-fighting tool to future-proof the cybersecurity industry and to police.

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