Cyber Threat from Cat Flaps and Letter Boxes via AI

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Security researchers from the University of London have issued a warning that criminals are nowadays using AI devices to sneak into houses via cat flaps and letter boxes to ransack homes.

Yes, what you’ve read is right!


The people working in crime science have discovered in their research that burglars are using AI devices to enter homes and relay data like whether someone is home or to search & fetch keys related to the main door.

Also, they are using the same devices to enter homes and sneak into the computing activity taking place on the home screens of desktops, laptops and tablets by lodging cameras at secluded places like behind a cabinet or on top of the fan or lights. What if they record all the private activities that are taking place in the bedroom or the banking transactions taking place on the laptops or phone devices…..seems like a screenplay from a Hollywood movie, isn’t it?

Coming to the AI technology, all these days we have seen evidence that Artificial Intelligence technology can gain passwords, or impersonate people like in ‘Deepfake’ videos.

But this is for the first time that we are seeing AI devices used by burglars to loot homes.

The study also warns that hackers can launch terror attacks by infiltrating networks used by driver less cars after taking hold of their operational systems on a remote note.

Lewis Griffin, the Professor who is leading the research, says that the negative impact from a technology depends on the people who are using it and AI is no exception.