ChatGPT used to write malware, ransomware: reports

A new AI chatbot intended to help with email writing, testing and coding, is being used by some for criminal activities such as espionage, ransomware and malicious spam, among others.

Since its release in November by San Francisco-based artificial research lab OpenAI, ChatGPT has generated widespread interest in how the chatbot tool can be used in the future.

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But just weeks after ChatGPT went live, an analysis of underground hacking forums showed that participants – many of whom had little or no coding experience – were using the tool to build software. malware and engage in other nefarious activities.

“It is still too early to decide whether or not ChatGPT functionality will become the new favorite tool for Dark Web participants,” researchers at security firm Check Point Research wrote on Friday. “However, the cybercriminal community has already shown significant interest and is jumping on this latest trend to generate malicious code.”

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The researchers noted that the code can be used in a “benign” way. But bad actors can easily modify the script “to completely encrypt someone’s machine without any user interaction,” the firm said.

FOX Business has reached out to OpenAI for comment.

The chat tool has already caused some controversy in schools for its ability to produce a persuasive essay in seconds. Last week, New York school officials began blocking the writing tool for students.

The decision by the largest US school district to restrict the ChatGPT website across school devices and networks could have ripple effects on other schools and teachers struggling to figure out how to prevent cheating. The creators of ChatGPT say they are also researching ways to detect abuse.

ChatGPT is part of a new generation of AI systems that can converse, generate readable text on demand, and even produce new images and videos based on what they’ve learned from a vast database of e-books, online writing and other media.

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But unlike previous iterations of so-called “great language models,” such as OpenAI’s GPT-3, launched in 2020, the ChatGPT tool is available for free to anyone with an internet connection and designed to be more friendly. It works like a written dialogue between the AI ​​system and the person asking it questions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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