ChatGPT is back available in Italy and with it also the risk of it being used for increasingly likely online scams. In fact, the recent data on the latest report of Europol revealed how it has become easier and faster for cybercriminals devise increasingly credible frauds, using the AI of OpenAI: ChatGPT.
Online scams become more dangerous due to ChatGPT
The aforementioned trend is also confirmed by the study by Darktrace Research, a Cybersecurity company specializing in AI. It seems, in fact, that between January February 2023, globally there has been a 135% increase in new social engineering attacks.
We understand, therefore, how it is necessary to think of new ways to be able to defend ourselves against these increasingly convincing scams. For this reason, the N26 online bank has developed some useful tips to avoid falling into the traps of scammers. Let’s find out together:
- be careful with messages unexpected, as cybercriminals have started using artificial intelligence tools to create automated messages. Before replying to an unexpected message or clicking on a suspicious link, it is important to always verify its authenticity.
- verify the source, checking the sender’s email address, website domain name, and company contact information;
- be careful with personal information, never providing sensitive data such as passwords or credit card numbers via email, SMS or phone calls;
- learn about scams generated by artificial intelligence, to avoid falling victim to a scam.
“One of the most evident examples of the incorrect use of artificial intelligence is that of phishing emails: thanks to this technology, in fact, the texts of fraudulent emails can become impeccable and professional thanks to the automatic removal of spelling or grammatical errors” he comment Kyle Ferdolage, Online Security Expert e Lead Trust & Safety Analyst di N26.
“Obviously this – continues Ferdolage – lowers the entry barriers for ill-intentioned people, who no longer need to speak or write in the target’s native language, thus giving them the possibility of addressing an increasingly vast target whose potential victims . This is why widespread access to basic digital culture is essential, which allows individuals to protect their interests and defend themselves, also facilitating the work of the police forces”.
Kyle and his team therefore take care of an essential component, they constantly monitor all the potential threats present on the network. Indeed, at N26, analyzing and anticipating the latest trends in online fraud, ranging from phishing to social engineering scams and much more.