In cybersecurity, it’s AI vs. AI: Will the good guys or the bad guys win?

Artificial intelligence research group OpenAI last month made the unusual announcement: It had built an AI-powered content creation engine so sophisticated that it wouldn’t release the full model to developers.

Anyone who works in cybersecurity immediately knew why. Phishing emails, which try to trick recipients into clicking malicious links, originated 91 percent of all cyberattacks in 2016, according to a study by Cofense Inc. Combining software bots to scrape personal information from social networks and public databases with such a powerful content generation engine could produce much more persuasive phishing emails that might even mimic a certain person’s writing style, said Nicolas Kseib, lead data scientist at TruSTAR Technology LLC.

The potential result: Cybercriminals could launch phishing attacks much faster and on an unprecedented scale.

That danger neatly sums up the never-ending war that is the state of cybersecurity today, one in which no one can yet answer a central question: Will artificial intelligence provide more help to criminals or to the people trying to stop them? AI is a new weapon that some people believe could finally give security professionals a leg up on their adversaries. At the same time, experts worry that the potential for criminal misuse of AI technologies such as machine learning and deep learning could quickly outstrip the benefits. ..Read More..

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