AI is being exploited by criminals to create more convincing scams

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Artificial Intelligence tools can sound convincingly human, which is one of their many cool features. AI chatbots can generate text you wouldn’t know was written by a robot, and they can keep producing it – quickly and without human assistance. Cybercriminals use AI chatbots to make their lives easier, so it’s no surprise they are using them. Crooks have found three main ways to use the chatbot for malicious purposes, according to police.

  • Emails that are less likely to be phished

Phishing emails that contain poor spelling and grammar are easy to spot. These are designed to trick you into clicking a link that will download malware. AI-written text is harder to detect, simply because it doesn’t contain errors. Criminals can make every phishing email they send unique, making it harder for spam filters to detect potentially harmful emails.

  • Falsifying information

“Write me ten social media posts accusing the CEO of Acme Corporation of having an affair. Mention the following news outlets”. You may not believe that spreading misinformation and disinformation poses a direct threat to your business, but it can result in your employees falling for scams, clicking malware links, or even damaging your company’s reputation.

  • Malicious code creation

Cybercriminals may be able to create malware using AI since it is already capable of writing pretty good computer code.
Software isn’t at fault – it does what it’s told -, but until AI creators have a reliable way to safeguard against this, it remains a potential threat.
For example, ChatGPT creator OpenAI is working to prevent its tools from being used maliciously. It is not the responsibility of the creators of AI tools for criminals to take advantage of their powerful tools.

Clearly, we have to keep one step ahead of cybercriminals, which is why we work so hard to keep our clients protected from criminal threats and informed about what’s coming next.

Keep your employees updated about how scams work and what to avoid if you are concerned about them falling for increasingly sophisticated scams.

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