In a flash, ChatGPT's artificial intelligence (AI) allows any user to launch a cyberattack without needing any cybersecurity knowledge. The GPT-3 software behind ChatGPT is generating a lot of interest and concern among computer security experts.
Become an effortless hacker with ChatGPT
GPT-3, the software behind ChatGPT, has rekindled the interest of Internet and social network users who see in this AI a way to become hackers overnight. Easily accessible and free on the developer's website, all you need is an account to start using this technology.
According to an article published on the site Europa PressResearchers at Check Point, a computer security company based in Israel, have been alerted to the dangers that this tool can generate. Eusebio Nieva, the company's technical director, points out that “anyone with minimal resources and zero knowledge of the code can easily exploit it.
ChatGPT and Codex: a dangerous step towards cybercriminal AI
Eusebio Nieva also mentions ChatGPT and Codex, an AI model that analyzes natural language and generates code in response. According to the expert, these two technologies “represent a new step forward in the dangerous evolution of increasingly sophisticated and effective cyber capabilities.” “This is a new and developing technology that can change the threat landscape, for better or worse,” he adds.
Cyberattacks at your fingertips with ChatGPT and Codex
To highlight potential threats, Check Point used ChatGPT to create a phishing email posing as a trusted source and containing an Excel document capable of downloading reverse shells. This attack aims to connect to a PC and redirect connections to the target system so that the attacker can access it remotely.
In turn, with Codex, they generated the malicious code to make various requests to the operating system of the infected computer. In this way, researchers from the cybersecurity company have confirmed the cyber threat posed by these artificial intelligence software: they can create malicious emails, code and a complete infection chain, with the possibility of accessing other computers remotely.
Towards a necessary awareness of malicious AI
The ease with which ChatGPT and Codex can be exploited by people without prior cybersecurity knowledge is a real red flag. These artificial intelligence technologies, while they may have beneficial applications, also pose a growing threat to online security.
It is critical for businesses, governments, and individuals to be aware of these risks and to put in place adequate safeguards. Collaboration between cybersecurity stakeholders and AI developers is paramount to preventing abuse and ensuring a safe and secure digital future for all.
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