CrowdStrike CEO suggests to use AI to curb ransomware spread

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George Kurtz, the CEO of Crowd-Strike, has proposed a strategy for leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) to combat ransomware attacks. During an interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, Kurtz emphasized that AI could play a crucial role in identifying novel ransomware variants developed for the first time.

Despite the potential benefits of using AI for cybersecurity, Kurtz acknowledged that hackers are also harnessing this technology to create sophisticated tools, such as the recent emergence of FraudGPT. This malicious online tool has gained prominence in the realm of DarkAI, showcasing the dual-edge nature of technological advancements.

Kurtz stressed the importance of preventive measures, asserting that early identification of threats could safeguard the global community from online vulnerabilities. He reiterated the adage that prevention is better than cure, emphasizing the proactive role AI can play in fortifying digital defenses.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, previously issued warnings about the potential risks of AI in both February and September of this year. Musk expressed concerns about AI posing a threat to humanity, particularly with the rise of deepfakes on social media, contributing to the spread of hatred and misinformation.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella echoed similar sentiments, acknowledging the potential threats posed by AI but emphasizing that the real danger arises when this technology falls into the wrong hands.

Meanwhile, cyber-criminal groups specializing in ransomware are utilizing AI tools to develop malware with not only data-encrypting capabilities but also the potential to wipe entire servers if deemed necessary for their criminal activities.

The question arises: should the development of Artificial Intelligence be halted or paused? It’s a complex dilemma, as innovation is essential for propelling humanity into the future. Fears about the future should not hinder present progress, though cautious considerations are necessary to strive for a more secure future, albeit to a certain extent.

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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