The FBI has warned that hackers are increasingly using AI for cybercrime. The Federal Bureau saw a "significant increase" in the use of AI Cybercrime. Some individuals use AI to create phishing emails that appear genuine. They also develop counterfeit websites that can distribute malware. Additionally, they create polymorphic malware that can avoid detection by antivirus software.
The FBI official said that the threat of AI-powered cybercrime is likely to grow in the coming years as AI technology becomes more accessible. The FBI is working with AI companies to develop ways to combat the threat of AI-powered cybercrime. One of the proposed solutions is to use a "watermarking" system to make it easier to identify AI-generated content. This would allow security researchers to more easily track down and remove malicious AI-generated content.
The FBI's warning comes at a time when there is growing concern about the security implications of AI. In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile incidents in which AI has been used for malicious purposes. For example, in February 2023, a group of hackers altered a chatbot’s API, enabling it to generate malware code. This allowed virus creation at the fingertips of almost anyone!
The FBI's warning is a wake-up call for the security community. As AI technology becomes more powerful, it is important to be aware of the potential security risks. By taking steps to protect yourself, you can help to keep your data safe from malicious actors.