Avoid AI chatbots that don’t appear on company’s website or app, warn researchers

Researchers have warned to avoid chatbots that don’t appear on a company’s website or app and be cautious of providing any personal information to someone users are chatting with online, a new report said.
According to the Norton Consumer Cyber Safety Pulse report, cybercriminals can now quickly and easily craft email or social media phishing lures that are even more convincing by using AI chatbots like ChatGPT, making it more difficult to tell what’s legitimate and what’s a threat.
“We know cybercriminals adapt quickly to the latest technology, and we’re seeing that ChatGPT can be used to quickly and easily create convincing threats,” said Kevin Roundy, Senior Technical Director of Norton.
Moreover, the report said that bad actors can also use AI technology to create deepfake chatbots.
These chatbots can impersonate humans or legitimate sources, like a bank or government entity, to manipulate victims into turning over their personal information to gain access to sensitive information, steal money or commit fraud.
To stay safe from these new threats, experts advise users to think before clicking on links in response to unsolicited phone calls, emails or messages.
Further, they also recommend users to keep the security solution updated and ensure that it has a full set of security layers that go beyond known malware detection, such as behavioural detection and blocking.
Facebook-parent Meta planning to launch Twitter rival
Elon Musk’s Twitter could soon face new competition from Facebook-owned Meta. “We’re exploring a standalone, decentralized social network for sharing text updates,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement to Variety.
“We believe there’s an opportunity for a separate space where creators and public figures can share timely updates about their interests.”
The rep said the company had no additional info on the prospective social network to share. News site Moneycontrol first reported on the potential Meta service, which is code-named “P92.”
The new Meta app would be based on — and interoperable with — the framework that powers Mastodon, a Twitter-like service that launched in 2016 and has seen a surge in popularity since Musk’s takeover of Twitter last October.
Meanwhile, Meta recently took another page from Musk’s Twitter playbook. Last month, the tech giant began rolling out Meta Verified, a subscription service for Facebook and Instagram users that includes a verified blue check-mark badge — just like Twitter Blue — as well as other perks.
Source: ANI

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