Cybersecurity guru Mikko Hyppönen’s 5 most fearsome AI threats for 2024

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Mikko Hyppönen has spent decades on the frontlines of the fight against malware. The 54-year-old has vanquished some of the world’s most destructive computer worms, tracked down the creators of the first-ever PC virus, and sold his own software since he was a teenager in Helsinki.

In the intervening years, he’s earned Vanity Fair profiles, spots on Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, and the role of Chief Research Officer at WithSecure— the largest cybersecurity firm in the Nordics.

The ponytailed Finn is also the curator of the online Malware Museum. Yet all the history in his archives could be overshadowed by the new era in tech: the age of artificial intelligence.

“AI changes everything,” Hyppönen tells TNW on a video call. “The AI revolution is going to be bigger than the internet revolution.”

As a self-described optimistic, the hacker hunter expects the revolution to leave a positive impact. But he’s also worried about the cyber threats it will unleash.

At the dawn of 2024, Hyppönen revealed his five most pressing concerns for the year to come. They come in no particular order — although there is one that’s causing the most sleepless nights.



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