01:23 GMT21 June 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - German security software firm Avira cautioned users on Friday about artificial intelligence becoming prominent in cyberattacks this year.

    The company published a list of threats to be aware of in 2019, featuring a warning that AI could switch to "the Dark Side." It did not specify what it called artificial intelligence.

    "Cyber-criminals will start using AI for attacks, making the battlefield environment more tough," the statement read.

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    The company said the use of AI in combination with a variety of techniques would make cyberattacks stealthier and increase their pace.

    Prevalence of smart gadgets with low security, it said further, could strip away user privacy with semi-legal monitoring of their activities, parasite on network vulnerabilities with cryptomining and pull users into fraud schemes.


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