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Use Of AI In Online Influence Campaigns Rising; But Should We Be Worried?

By TD NewsDesk

TD NewsDesk

Updated on Tue, Aug 22, 2023

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Have you heard the latest buzz about AI? Wait, which one – you may think?

The use of AI has spread to every corner of the globe – even in online influence campaigns. News about AI-powered cyber campaigns is starting to make waves but how big are those waves, really?

Let's dig in and get the inside scoop from an expert!

Officials have warned of risks, especially from foreign foes, after numerous American organizations, ranging from healthcare groups to manufacturing corporations and government institutions, were hacked in recent years.

U.S. cybersecurity firm Mandiant, owned by Google, reported that it had observed an uptick in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to conduct manipulative information campaigns online over the past few years, despite the technology's limited use in other digital incursions.

AI-generated information, such as faked profile photographs, has been utilized in internet influence operations in "numerous instances" since 2019, according to researchers at the Virginia-based startup.

It coincides with a rise in the popularity of generative AI models such as ChatGPT, which facilitate the production of convincing hoaxes across a variety of media, including but not limited to video, image, text and code. Officials have expressed concern about cybercriminals employing such models. #Scary
Researchers at Mandiant believe that generative AI could help even small teams create high volumes of high-quality content for influence campaigns.
So, are AI-powered campaigns making a significant impact?

Well, according to Mandiant, not really!

Mandiant assists businesses and governments in responding to cyber-attacks and recently stated that it had not observed artificial intelligence playing a significant role in online misinformation campaigns and other cyber threats. The experts believe that artificial intelligence will NOT be widely used for cyberattacks for the foreseeable future.

The results of these kinds of initiatives were weak, according to Sandra Joyce, Head of Global Intelligence at Mandiant, as she added "not a lot of wins there" when talking about the efficiency of such attacks. They haven't altered the nature of threats quite yet, after all.

Joyce also stated, "There hasn't been a single incident response where AI was involved." and that "they haven't really been brought into any kind of practical usage that outweighs what could be done with normal tooling that we've seen."

Nonetheless, she continued, "We can be very confident that this is going to be a problem that gets bigger over time."
Will this revelation from Google-owned cybersecurity firm Mandiant calm down businesses about the perceived threat from online influence campaigns? Or will cybercriminals keep finding new ways to spread misinformation and fraudulent facts online?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

First published on Tue, Aug 22, 2023

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