Norton has released its latest Consumer Cyber Safety Pulse Report, which gives an in-depth look at the most recent scams surrounding online retailers, sextortion, tech support, crypto, business emails and more.
With the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) such as ChatGPT, cybercriminals now have added support in creating sophisticated scams, leading to a surge in prevalence. According to data from Gen, 75% of all cyber threats on desktops are now scams. Norton experts identified some of the most prominent online scams people are facing today, including:
“We’ve found scammers are leaning on old methods to lure victims, but they now have a more sophisticated arsenal at their disposal to make these schemes more realistic,” said Luis Corrons, Security Evangelist for Norton.
“Leveraging AI, criminals are creating scams that are not only more credible but alarmingly real, making scams more convincing and harder to detect, which is why it’s so important that consumers know what to be aware of.
“In addition to giving people the know-how, we want them to have the latest security tools they need to be safer. We recently released Norton Genie, a free AI-powered scam detection tool, to help people in the fight against scams and make it easier to navigate today’s threats. You can even ask Genie follow-up questions so that over time you can become better at spotting scams with the naked eye too.”
Norton gives various tips to help protect against scams, depending on the type. These practices include:
While cybercriminals are using AI to help improve their scams, Norton is tapping into the technology to help consumers protect themselves against them. The newly launched Norton Genie is an AI-powered tool that detects text, social media and email scams.
While consumers are inundated with scam messages daily, Genie helps people determine if the messages they see are potentially dangerous. Genie takes the topic further by answering follow-up questions like “How do you know it’s a scam?” and “What should I do next?” to help empower people with the needed knowledge.
Norton Genie early access in English launched in August for iOS and is now also available on Android.
The latest Pulse Report reveals Norton blocked over 1.5 billion threats in the first half of 2023. Scams make up the majority of these threats.
From January 1 through June 30, 2023, Norton blocked:
Norton AntiTrack blocked over 2.6 billion trackers and fingerprinting attempts.