Microsoft Says, Hackers With AI Are Harder to Stop

New cybersecurity research shows artificial intelligence and new encryption tactics test corporate defenses.

Hackers are using AI and encryption in new ways to make cyberattacks more painful, according to new research from Microsoft. Stealthier attacks are being crafted by hackers using both artificial intelligence tools that have been on the market for a while and generative AI chatbots that emerged last year, said Tom Burt, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for customer security and trust. “Cybercriminals and nation states are using AI to refine the language they use in phishing attacks or the imagery in influence operations,” he said.

Cisco Systems’ $28 billion purchase of Splunk announced recently reflects a shift in the cyber market, where investment is going to companies focused on using AI to manage security and risk.