Artificial intelligence, or AI, is a technology that many industries have found themselves benefiting greatly from, especially in the domains of cybersecurity and automation. Unfortunately, for every one great use of something, hackers will find two bad uses for it. AI has dramatically changed the landscape of cybersecurity and, more interestingly, cybercrime. Let’s take a look at why these threats are so concerning.
The word “deepfake” comes from the words “deep learning” and “fake media.” A deepfake uses false imaging or audio to create something that appears authentic on the surface, but it is totally fake underneath. Deepfakes can be extremely dangerous and harmful when used under the right circumstances, like a news article showing off a fake video or image. AI-generated deepfakes have even been used in extortion schemes and misinformation scandals.
Deepfakes using AI can generate realistic videos, particularly when there is a lot of source material to call upon, like in the case of famous people or high-profile individuals with a large web presence. These videos can be so convincing that they can show the celebrity or even a government official saying or doing just about anything, creating misinformation and distrust.
AI has been known to help cybercriminals with everyday hacking attacks, too, like breaking through a password or finding their way into a system. Hackers can use machine learning or artificial intelligence to analyze and parse password sets, then use the information learned to piece together potential passwords with shocking accuracy. These systems can even account for how people adjust their passwords over time.
There are also cases where hackers use machine learning to inform and automate their hacking processes. These systems can find weak points in infrastructures and penetrate them through the weaker links. These systems can then autonomously improve their functionality over time with great effectiveness.
AI can also impersonate human beings by imitating their online behaviors. Automated bots can be used to create fake accounts capable of doing most of the everyday online activities that a user might (for example, liking posts on Instagram, sharing status updates, etc). These bots can even use these tactics to make money for the hacker.
Suffice to say that AI systems as a threat represent quite a dangerous future, should they be leveraged properly. These threat actors should be monitored both now and in the future.
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