Artificial Intelligence: Friend or foe?

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Artificial Intelligence is on the rise in day to day life, but are there risks involved with the advancement of technology?


When talking about AI we generally hear about how Artificial Intelligence can assist in the battle against cybercrime, or how they’ll take over the world eventually, but it is possible that cybercriminals are already a step ahead.

Where there is technical advance, there is also potential for cybercriminals to use Artificial Intelligence to improve or automate malicious activity.

Mark James, ESET IT Security Specialist, discusses potential threats malware and AI pose and what can be done to detect AI malware.

“We already have so many families of malware that utilise Artificial Intelligence to determine the victim before it attempts to infect.

“This may include checking to see if it’s running in a virtualised environment or being run in such places as a malware analyst’s machine.

“Either way malware is certainly becoming more intelligent, as detection routines and technology improves malware has to adapt if it wants to survive.

“As malware adapts, anti-malware techniques need to change to continue to detect and stop the new forms of attack we see on a daily basis.

“One of the characteristics of Artificial Intelligence in malware is its ability to change its behaviour based on its likelihood to succeed.

“Whatever happens it’s clear there is no end in sight for the cat and mouse game currently underway between malware and anti-malware, each will change and adapt to take on new techniques.

“Some will work and some won’t, either way Artificial Intelligence will form an integral part of future versions.”

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