The 2024 cybersecurity landscape will see an upswing in AI voice chatbots, language model manipulations, and other technological innovations. However, these advancements also herald new challenges and opportunities for cybercriminals.
Exploiting LLMs for Data Leaks
Language models (LLMs), designed to enhance operational efficiency, pose an emerging threat in the cybersecurity landscape. WatchGuard researchers predict that by 2024, savvy cybercriminals or researchers might manipulate these LLMs to expose private data. This alarming prospect underscores the need for timely security measures and safeguards to prevent data breaches.
The Growing Threat of AI-based Vishing
As the cybersecurity job market faces a significant talent shortage, AI and ML automation are set to play a pivotal role in managing threats. The year 2024 could see an uptick in AI-based vishing as Managed Service and Security Service Providers (MSPs and MSSPs) turn to unified security platforms with heavy automation to cope with growing demand and limited resources.
The dark web, a notorious marketplace for cybercriminals, could see a rise in AI-powered tools. Cyberattack tools that automate tasks like sending spam emails and scraping the internet for information are perfect for AI and ML automation. Hence, it's likely that these AI-powered tools will become the dark web's best sellers in 2024.
Deepfake Audio Amplifying Vishing Threats
The potential of deepfake audio, combined with LLMs capable of carrying on conversations, could revolutionize vishing operations. This potent combination could greatly increase the scale and volume of vishing calls in 2024, potentially eliminating the need for human threat actors in the process.
The growing popularity of virtual and mixed reality (VR/MR) headsets is not lost on cybercriminals. In 2024, it's likely that either researchers or malicious hackers will find a way to harness the sensor data from these headsets to recreate user environments, opening the door for new forms of cyberattacks.
The Rising Risk of QR Code Attacks
The recent surge in QR code usage has come with its share of cybersecurity concerns. Threat Lab analysts predict that in 2024, a major hack could occur due to an employee unknowingly scanning a malicious QR code, emphasizing the need for heightened vigilance and security protocols.