AI chatbots have become extremely popular and people are having fun asking them questions, seeing how intelligent they really are and even making them tell jokes. However, not everyone is using it for good, as cybercriminals are using AI for sinister purposes. They use AI to make their phishing scams more successful by making them harder to detect.
It's so important to be cautious with emails. We always advise you to read them carefully, check for spelling and grammar errors and look at the web address it’s from before clicking on any links. And while that is still good advice and something you should be doing, phishing emails generated by a chatbot can feel more human than ever before, which puts people at greater risk of falling for scams as the emails seem very real. Criminals are using AI to create unique variations of the same phishing lure, eradicate mistakes, and create entire email threads to make the scam seem real. Security tools to detect AI-generated messages are still being developed but are not quite accurate enough yet, so it's important to be extra careful when opening emails, especially those you're not expecting. Always check the sender's address and double-check with the sender (not by replying to the email!!) if you have any doubts.
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Cybercriminals are using AI chatbots to their advantage by making extremely convincing phishing emails and yada yada yada be VERY cautious when opening emails, especially those you're not expecting, and always double-check the sender's address and the legitimacy of the message.
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