It's 2023, and every company on the planet is fighting a daily battle against cyber threats and attacks. We're almost numb to the daily reports on breaches as the cybercrime marketplace continues to boom and cyber threats start to outpace human scale or capability. Enter Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools and the war between the good guys and the bad actors is poised to explode!
The Hacker Life
It's already pretty easy (and cheap) to jump into the hacker pool.
For starters, anyone who knows where to go online can purchase a monthly subscription to ransomware-as-a-service, read the directions, get help on a community forum and begin their hacking career for a minimal investment.
And the attack surface just keeps on growing. The number of connected digital devices has been rising for years, and hackers have been taking advantage of this. One of the biggest gaps in cybersecurity now comes from the personal data of employees in hybrid workplaces.
Personal devices combined with personal communication channels (gaming, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc.) are starting to play a much bigger role in the attack paths that hackers use to target businesses. Once an individual user is compromised, hackers can move laterally to get into the organization where the user works.
Hackers are seeing a much higher success rate with these channels vs. email, which typically has at least some protection in place in most organizations.
And of course, there are many other methods hackers and bad actors utilize to mount digital attacks and breach the privacy of millions of online users, both at work and at home.
😱 And now they've been given even more ammunition to assist with the lucrative business of hacking using AI-based tools!
ChatGPT and Other AI Tools
Remember those phishing emails you used to get that were poorly written, full of spelling mistakes and bad grammar? Many of the notorious cybercriminal gangs that operated out of countries like Russia or North Korea struggled with well-written communications when English was not their first language.
But with AI bots such as ChatGPT and others, written communication in any language can be perfected even if you don't speak or write a word of English.
And can you imagine receiving a video from your boss, assuring you its actually him (or her) and that it's totally okay to hand over your password or make that bank transfer?
If you thought fake (phishing) emails were a hazard, think of the havoc fake videos can unleash!
May the Best AI Bot Win
We are now entering the era of the AI bot wars.
The good guys using threat hunting and vulnerability-closing bots will be fighting the bad guy's vulnerability-finding and attack bots.
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