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Anne Valaitis, Jamie Bsales

The Insider’s Guide to Cybersecurity: The Rise of AI-Driven Hacking

A New Challenge for Cybersecurity

Nov 6, 2023 7:00:00 PM


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Bad actors’ strategies for exploiting weaknesses in systems and networks is advancing. One of the most recent and alarming developments is hackers’ use of artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out attacks. AI provides strong tools for hackers to automate operations, improve social engineering techniques, devise advanced evasion strategies, break passwords, and generate stealthy malware. Let’s examine the growing trend of AI-driven hacking, its implications for cybersecurity, and the actions enterprises may take to tackle this emerging threat.


AI gives hackers automation capabilities that dramatically accelerate attack execution. Hackers may utilize AI-powered technology to automate activities like monitoring, vulnerability assessment, and exploitation.  A recent Keypoint blog detailed the Marriott International hack. The hackers in this case remained in the system for two years before the assault. Given this level of efficiency, they may be able to attack many systems in a short period of time, exposing the firm to new threats.


Artificial intelligence helps hackers to build advanced evasion methods, allowing them to bypass common safety measures. Through machine learning algorithms, they can analyze security defenses, identify vulnerabilities, and build strategies to circumvent them. This continual chess game between attackers and defenders presents cybersecurity experts with ever-increasing difficulty.


Attacks using social engineering have traditionally relied on exploiting human nature, but AI has taken deception to new heights. AI-generated phishing emails and messages are so good at impersonating legitimate sources that even the most vigilant users can be fooled. This raises concerns about the growing success of phishing attempts and the likelihood of hackers getting unauthorized access to sensitive data.


Further, common safeguards and fundamental security measures for users are passwords. However, AI has turned the tables on traditional password cracking techniques. Machine learning algorithms can analyze patterns in passwords and develop highly effective strategies for guessing or brute-forcing them. As a result, weak or easily guessable passwords offer little resistance to AI-powered attacks.


The potential of AI in malware development has cybersecurity professionals deeply concerned. AI-driven malware can adapt and evolve, learning from its environment and evading detection by security solutions, which creates stealthy threats that can infiltrate systems undetected and leaves organizations exposed to devastating breaches.


Challenges to Overcome

Identifying AI-driven attacks is no easy task. Hackers using AI can cover their tracks well, making detection a significant challenge for organizations. However, there are some signs to watch out for: unusually fast and large-scale attacks, complex and ever-changing attack patterns, or highly convincing social engineering attempts. Regularly monitoring network logs and analyzing user behavior can also help uncover potential AI involvement.


To guard against AI-driven hacking, businesses must employ a multi-layered cybersecurity strategy. This involves working with partners to deploy AI-driven security systems capable of successfully detecting and responding to AI-driven assaults. Staying ahead of new threats requires regular system monitoring, assessments, and threat intelligence analysis. In addition, investing in staff training and awareness initiatives can reduce the likelihood of successful social engineering assaults.


Keypoint Intelligence Opinion

The emergence of AI-driven hacking poses a huge risk to the cybersecurity sector and must not be neglected. Organizations must be proactive in their security as hackers continue to use AI’s capabilities for nefarious reasons. Staying educated, cooperating with cybersecurity professionals, and cultivating a security-aware culture are critical measures in defending against the rising threat of AI-driven hacking.


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