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How Spear Phishing Works in the Age of AI: Study Reveals

Jericho Security Contributor

November 14, 2023

With Power, Comes Responsibility: New AI Study Highlights

Artificial Intelligence has come along and upended many well-established processes and procedures. Its impact is a classic example of market disruption through innovation. Broadly speaking, the arrival of AI is seen as a positive development barring some concerns revolving around job loss and employment redundancies.

However, if you look at the cybersecurity industry, the common perception is flipped. In cybersecurity, AI is mainly seen as a tool for escalation primarily because studies have shown an increased usage of AI amongst malcontents. Take this recent research by the Oxford Internet Institute for example. The study essentially analyzes how spear phishing works in the age of AI. It explains how easy it is for the negative elements in the world to scale their spear phishing campaigns with the help of  Large Language Models (LLMs) like GPT-3 and GPT-4.

What the study doesn’t focus on is the fact that whenever a new disruptive technology appears, there’s a period of adjustment amongst the powers that be as well as the masses. 

In this case, while AI is being used to ramp up spear phishing scams, it is also now being used to counter those attempts. Case in point: Jericho Security. But we’ll get to that later. First, we need to explore the study’s findings i.e. how does spear phishing work in a world where AI is almost accessible to everyone?

Key Findings:

  • The "Large Language Models Can Be Used to Effectively Scale Spear Phishing Campaigns" study demonstrates how LLMs can intensify the sophistication of spear phishing attacks.
  • Tests involving over 600 British MPs revealed that GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 could generate authentic-looking messages cheaply and efficiently, increasing the volume of effective cyberattacks.
  • It also shows the simplicity in which AI can be used to collect personal data and create highly personalized, convincing phishing messages.

The Implications:

  • This research emphasizes the dual-use nature of AI: a powerful tool for advancement but also a cybercrime instrument.
  • It calls for a reevaluation of AI in cybersecurity, highlighting the need for advanced AI-driven defense mechanisms to keep up with the evolving threat landscape.

Jericho Security's AI-Driven Email Simulations:

  • At Jericho Security, we specialize in AI-driven email simulations, offering an innovative approach to combating these sophisticated threats.
  • Our solutions are crafted to provide realistic and adaptive simulations and training scenarios, enhancing your team's ability to recognize and respond to advanced phishing attempts.
  • With Jericho Security, your organization is not only equipped to handle current threats but is also prepared for future challenges in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Dive into the full Oxford study here.

Equip your organization with Jericho Security's advanced AI-driven training and spearphishing solutions for a secure digital future.

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Jericho Security Contributor

November 14, 2023

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With Power, Comes Responsibility: New AI Study Highlights

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How Spear Phishing Works in the Age of AI: Study Reveals

Jericho Security Contributor

November 14, 2023

With Power, Comes Responsibility: New AI Study Highlights

News

How Spear Phishing Works in the Age of AI: Study Reveals

Jericho Security Contributor

November 14, 2023

With Power, Comes Responsibility: New AI Study Highlights

News

How Spear Phishing Works in the Age of AI: Study Reveals

Jericho Security Contributor

November 14, 2023

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