AI enables cybercriminals to create more sophisticated scams.
Scammers use ChatGPT to craft well-written scam emails and texts.
Cybersecurity firm Darktrace warned that since ChatGPT is released, there has been a significant increase in criminals using artificial intelligence (AI) to craft more well-written scams to con employees and hack the accounts of businesses.
ChatGPT is a new artificial intelligence technology that, among other things, drafts well-written texts for you, and can help write complete letters.
But because it easily writes summaries or stories in human-like language, it makes scammers more successful in their cyber-attacks, using ransomware to extort money from businesses.
The company said that they found the number of email attacks remained the same since the ChatGPT release, but that while scams that rely on victims clicking malicious links declined, linguistic complexity, text volume, punctuation, etc., increased. This shows that cybercriminals are probably shifting their attention to more complex social engineering scams that depend on the user’s trust.
Cybercriminals will be using AI more and more, to craft sophisticated phishing emails, and AI enables them to create more targeted, personalized, convincing, and successful attacks.
ChatGPT makes the scammer’s job much easier, which could increase the volume of phishing attacks, and their ability to convince the user into clicking a malicious link or handing over valuable information.
No longer is one of the first red flags of a phishing email bad grammar, and poor English. ChatGPT allows scammers to send very well-written, grammar perfect, emails and text messages.
If you think someone reached out legitimately, call them to verify.