In 2023, we witnessed a surge in cyberattacks, marked by both increased frequency and sophistication. The accessibility of cutting-edge hacking tools, propelled by advances in generative AI, created an environment conducive to cyber threats. Organizations were compelled to adopt proactive measures to safeguard their digital assets.
As we approach 2024, the landscape of cyber threats is expected to expand further, with threats becoming more elusive. The growing power and accessibility of AI and large language models (LLMs) necessitate staying ahead of threat actors and anticipating tactics for the upcoming year.
Hacks to Keep a Look Out For:
Custom ChatGPT-like Bots: In 2024, hackers are expected to leverage powerful tools like ChatGPT for convincing social engineering attacks. These custom GPTs, with their ease of use, enable individuals with limited technical skills to launch manipulative attacks. For instance, attackers may use ChatGPT-generated text to impersonate a manager and convince employees to transfer funds or share sensitive data. Enterprises need robust security protocols beyond employee awareness to counter such threats.
SaaS (Software as a Service) Apps as Stealthy Attack Vectors: Cybercriminals will continue exploiting modern SaaS apps in 2024, embedding malicious payloads into the cloud. The rise of remote work environments has made these tactics more effective, seen in hackers using programs to target users via Microsoft Teams, including ransomware attacks. Organizations must fortify their security frameworks against this ongoing attack vector.
AI-Driven Automation in Cyberattack Campaigns: AI’s automation capabilities, beneficial for productivity in legitimate settings, can be weaponized by threat actors to identify vulnerabilities and launch efficient and precise malicious campaigns. Organizations must be prepared to defend against AI-driven attacks on cloud infrastructure and malicious email campaigns.
Deepfakes and Multi-Modal ML Models: Multi-modal machine learning models, particularly in deepfake campaigns, pose a significant threat. The ability to generate convincing audio, images, and videos for deceptive purposes has grown substantially. Organizations need to educate their staff to recognize and report attempted breaches and misinformation campaigns as these models evolve.
Guarding Against Adversarial Prompts in LLM-Powered Services: With the proliferation of LLM-powered services, protecting against malicious prompt injections becomes crucial. Adversarial prompts can manipulate LLMs into divulging sensitive data, posing risks of compliance violations and fines. Organizations relying on LLM-powered services need foresight to mitigate these challenges and prevent adversarial prompts from compromising data security.
As AI matures, confronting the evolving threat landscape enabled by these technologies will be a critical business objective in 2024.
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