When it comes to cyber threats, especially phishing, the nefarious characters know that the more data they’re able to harvest about an individual, the more likely they’ll be able to successfully phish them. Venture Beat brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “How AI and machine learning are changing the phishing game.”

Phishing attacks are one of the most common social engineering attacks targeting users’ emails to fraudulently steal confidential and sensitive information. They can be used as a part of more massive attacks launched to gain a foothold in corporate or government networks. Over the last decade, a number of anti-phishing techniques have been proposed to detect and mitigate these attacks.

Data breaches can tell hackers everything from your mother’s maiden name to your date of birth to your previous passwords to even your personal interests. It is how they use the information that is the most dangerous. They combine the data with artificial intelligence (AI) to target users with incredibly sophisticated phishing attacks that are more convincing than ever. AI and machine learning are currently being used to systemically bypass all our security controls.

Melody K. Smith

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