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How Artificial Intelligence Is Used For Cyber Security Attacks

posted by: Paula Boyden date: May 10, 2021 category: All comments: 0

Cyber security and intelligence companies all over the world are constantly battling against the most severe risk to businesses, organisations, and governments worldwide: cyber attacks. As technology progresses and makes life much more convenient and easier every day, cyber attacks are becoming more widespread and efficient.

Cybercriminals and malicious third parties have vast arsenals that they can use to initiate attacks on a wide scale. Day in and day out, they come up with new methods to compromise systems on every level.

 

Artificial Intelligence And Cybersecurity

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one type of technology that’s becoming more and more mainstream. Through AI, computer systems can learn, reason, and act using the vast data sets their sensors have gathered.

When it comes to real-life applications, AI is still in its infancy. However, this hasn’t stopped cyber criminals from leveraging this technology to maximise their efforts at cyber attacks and hacking.

 

Weaponising Artificial Intelligence

Manipulating an AI system can be simple and easy if you have the right tools. AI systems are built on the data sets used to train it, and making any small, subtle changes can slowly steer AI in the wrong direction. Modifying input data can easily lead to system malfunctions and expose vulnerabilities.

Hackers can also reverse engineer AI systems to gain access to sensitive data sets that were used to train them. Once hackers have that kind of access, they can do just about anything.

Cybercriminals can also use AI to scope and identify vulnerable applications, devices, and networks to scale their social engineering attacks. AI can easily spot behavior patterns and identify vulnerabilities on a personal level, making it easy for hackers to identify opportunities to access sensitive data.

Everything that cybercriminals do on social media platforms, emails, and even phone calls can only be improved with the help of AI. For example, creating deepfake content and posting it on social media can propagate disinformation and attract users to click phishing links and go down rabbit holes that will end up compromising their individual security.

 

Fight AI with AI

With the rising number of loopholes and vulnerabilities in security systems, traditional security methods are no longer enough. Instead of waiting for a loophole to be exploited, security teams need to be proactive when it comes to cyber attack prevention and preparation.

The best way to fight cyber attacks utilising AI is to integrate AI into security systems. Businesses can use AI to enhance the security threat hunting process by feeding it with high volumes of application data. AI software can evaluate threats and implement the most effective strategy to fight against them.

It’s never too early to assess how your business or your organisation is vulnerable to AI attacks. You can consult with cybersecurity experts to develop strategies to prepare for these attacks and mitigate their potential impact.

 

Artificial intelligence is a tremendous development in the world of technology. It opens up so many new avenues that will make life easier for many people. However, the other side of the coin is the fact that cyber attackers can use AI to develop and employ new methods to attack organisations. The only way to fight against malicious entities using AI is to use AI against them, too.

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