Cybercriminals use AI tools

Cybercriminals use AI tools


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Ekaterina Alexandrova | 11/23/2020

Cybercriminals use AI tools

Trend Micro Incorporated, Europol and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) have prepared a joint report,
dedicated to the use of artificial intelligence in illegal activities – Exploiting AI: How Cybercriminals Misuse and Abuse AI and ML (“Exploiting AI: how cybercriminals use
and Abuse and Abuse of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning).

The report describes the existing scenarios for the use of AI for criminal purposes, possible options for the development of cybercriminal tools in the future, as well as methods of combating them that will
useful for law enforcement, government, and other organizations.

The authors report that cybercriminals will use AI both as a vector and as an attack surface. Deep Fakes are currently the most famous use case for AI in
as an attack vector. However, according to the authors of the report, new technologies for data verification will be required in the future to help combat disinformation campaigns and attempts to extortion, and
also by threats aimed directly at AI datasets.

A few examples of the use of AI for criminal purposes:

  • large-scale and plausible attacks using social engineering;

  • document destruction malware that enhances the effectiveness of cybercriminal attacks;

  • deception of image and voice recognition systems;

  • assistance in finding targets and evading defense systems in ransomware attacks;

  • “Pollution” of data sets by identifying blind spots in the detection rules.

Already, AI-based systems are being developed to improve the effectiveness of malware and interfere with antivirus and facial recognition technologies.

AI is already being used for password guessing, CAPTCHA cracking, and voice cloning, and there are many more innovative tools in development.

The authors provide several recommendations:

  • The potential of AI technologies needs to be harnessed as a tool in the fight against cybercrime to protect the IT security industry and law enforcement in the future.

  • Further research is needed to help advance cybersecurity technologies.

  • It is also necessary to popularize and develop secure AI design environments.

  • Political rhetoric about the use of AI for cybersecurity should be minimized.

  • It is recommended to actively use public-private partnerships and create multidisciplinary expert groups.

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