AI, quantum computing and 5G could make criminals more dangerous than ever, warn police
A new Europol report[pdf] sheds light on the way emerging technology is shaping the cyber crime economy as well as law enforcement efforts to fight cyber crime.
The research states that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) can vastly improve the success of cyber attacks and make it easier for threat actors to launch sophisticated campaigns. One worrying example is the use of AI-manipulated images known as deepfakes to spread disinformation and manipulate victims. Europol warns that “criminals are already reported to have used deepfake audio impersonating chief executives in an attempt to defraud organisations”.
Other emerging technologies that have the potential to become game changers are quantum computing, 5G and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT).