• Tuesday, May 21, 2024
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AI manipulation seen boosting cybercrime in 2024

CSN urge media professionals allow ethical values guide AI deployment

The Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) has projected an increase in cyber security threats in the country this year.

The association said in its latest National Cyber Threat Forecast report that citizens should expect an upsurge in insider threats with an increase in the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for malicious purposes.

“In 2024, Nigeria is poised to continue facing the challenge of impersonation scams. These scams involve creating fake websites and social media profiles, using the names and images of well-known figures to deceive the public,” the report said.

It said public awareness campaigns and educating people on reporting such scams are crucial to combating impersonation scams.

“Social media platforms and websites must enforce stricter verification processes for profiles claiming organisational or individual identities.”

The report highlighted the high incidence of attacks on academic institutions and that there is an urgent need for all sectors, especially education, to reassess and bolster their cybersecurity measures.

“Nigeria should expect a surge in employment and benefit scams, a trend that has been prevalent in 2023. These scams often lure victims with promises of financial inducements and part-time job offers, primarily disseminated through various digital platforms.

“There will be an increase in employment and benefit scams primarily through various digital platforms, a trend that has been prevalent in 2023,” it added.

CSEAN attributed the anticipated increase in these scams to the country’s challenging economic situation, which may drive more individuals to seek financial opportunities online.

It said AI is the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings through computer-enhanced learning, reasoning, and perception.