AI and Cybersecurity

AI and CybersecurityAI Cybersecurity Opportunities and Threats

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a growing resource utilized in cybersecurity to help detect and prioritize attacks. Watch our latest video blog to see how AI makes enterprise-level security tools more accessible in SIEM solutions. However, concerns are growing about how cybercriminals may also use AI in the near future.

ChatGPT is a new AI chatbot introduced by OpenAI in November of 2022. The chatbot went viral shortly after its release, and users have raised alarms that the software may be able to write malicious code. The chatbot is unique because of its ability to write and debug software in various programming languages. The chatbot can also explain complex topics, compose music, answer test questions, and write student essays. Unlike most chatbots, ChatGPT is conversational and remembers and builds on previous prompts in the same conversation.

Because of the new tool’s ability to write and debug software, there is growing concern criminals will use the chatbot to write malicious software and compose phishing campaigns. ChatGPT has security controls to keep it from writing malware if a user asks. However, developers have successfully bypassed the security controls and recently got the chatbot to write malware code. One concern is that less experienced attackers can use AI-generated code to launch previously impossible malware attacks.

Another concern is chatbots could be used to compose more realistic and convincing phishing attacks. Users are mostly aware that poorly written emails with grammar and punctuation mistakes are malicious. AI presents an opportunity for criminals to create more effective phishing campaigns in any language. A chatbot could also be used to get around email filtering by varying each phishing email sent instead of creating a single template and sending out thousands of malicious emails.

Artificial intelligence presents new opportunities and threats in the cybersecurity landscape. ChatGPT received greater attention in the cybersecurity community because of its immediate popularity and the capabilities developers and journalists have been able to demonstrate in just over a month of use.

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Posted by Charles Wright