Security Breach: AI, ChatGPT Fueling Surge in Ransomware

Elevated social engineering, more connections and growing extortion amounts will drive attack growth.

Late last year we discussed Lockbit’s ransomware attack on Boeing, and the ensuing “cyber incident” that resulted in a large quantity of the aerospace giant’s data being stolen. One of the experts we tapped into in breaking down the attack, and its fallout, was Tony Pietrocola.

In addition to serving as the president of AgileBlue, he also heads the Northern Ohio chapter of InfraGard, which works directly with the FBI on cybercrime.

You can check that Boeing episode out in our archives.

In addition to his extensive knowledge on threat actors like Lockbit, Tony also has a tremendous amount of insight on ways to improve attack surface visibility, especially as hackers are beginning to utilize next-gen tools like AI.

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