FBI sounds alarm: The role of AI in orchestrating malware attacks

Priya Walia

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As the world has been mesmerized by the recent advancements in AI, such as the revolutionary ChatGPT, Bing chat, Google Bard, and other AI tools, a darker side is simultaneously unraveling.

Hackers and cybercriminals are now adopting these technologies as part of their devious arsenals.

According to an FBI official in a recent interview, hackers are using generative AI and open-source AI models to create new forms of malware, orchestrate phishing attacks, and carry out other scams that target unsuspecting consumers. This is a concerning development.
We expect these trends to increase over time as the adoption and democratization of AI models continue, said the official.

As AI evolves and improves, so does the potential for misuse. The FBI anticipates an unfortunate trend — as AI models continue to be democratized and widely adopted, the rate of AI-fueled cyberattacks is expected to surge.

The Role of AI in Cyber Attacks

While the FBI refrains from naming specific AI models exploited by hackers, it does acknowledge their preference for free, customizable, and open-source tools, as reported by PCMag. .

Unfortunately, cybercriminals are continuously finding new ways to cause harm. Recently, they have been creating and selling their own AI programs on the dark web. This development is concerning because it gives them greater power to create chaos. With AI, hackers can create advanced malware and come up with new ways to deceive people, such as using AI-generated websites for phishing scams. Furthermore, AI allows them to create malware that can adapt and avoid detection by security software.

Staying Safe from AI-Powered Cyber Attacks

As AI continues to advance, likely, AI-powered cyberattacks will also become more prevalent.

The best defense, though, is a cautious internet user. Double-check your inbox and social media accounts meticulously. Be wary of links or attachments from unknown sources. Also, be mindful of well-crafted emails, as they are a favored tactic of hackers who seek to play on your fears and anxiety to make you fall prey to their scams.

While AI advancements offer new potential for a better future, it is equally important to remain vigilant of the potential threats they pose when placed in the wrong hands.

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