Artificial intelligence (AI) is the processing of machines and computer systems to stimulate human intelligence; this can include learning, reasoning and self-correction. There are multiple versions of AI and they are most commonly split into two categories; weak AI, and strong AI. Weak AI is a system that is trained for a specific task, for example a virtual personal assistant such as Apple’s Siri. Strong AI on the other hand, is an AI system with generalised human cognitive abilities so that when it is presented with an unfamiliar task it has the intelligence to find a comprehensive solution.
In the past, ransomware was a tool utilised only by the smartest of hackers, in high profile and highly destructive planned attacks. While the effects have always been detrimental, the probability of being subject to a financially crippling attack was extremely low. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. It is no secret that businesses and individuals alike are at risk of a cyber-attack, with nearly 50% of all businesses suffering a breach in some form or another.