Russian cybercriminals were caught trying ChatGPT to bypass restrictions and use the advanced AI Chatbot for their own malicious purposes.
Check Point Research (CPR), a security firm, said that they found multiple discussions in underground forums. These included using stolen payment cards to upgrade user accounts on OpenAI, bypassing geofence restrictions and using a “semilegal Russian SMS service”. ChatGPT registrations can be done online.
ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, has made huge headlines due to its versatility and ease-of-use. Cybersecurity researchers have already witnessed hackers using the tool to create convincing phishing email scams and malicious macro-filled Office files.
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OpenAI has put restrictions on the tool so it is difficult to misuse. Due to the invasion of Ukraine, Russian hackers have more obstacles to overcome.
Sergey Shekevich (Group Director of Threat Intelligence, Check Point Software Technologies), believes that blocking is not sufficient.
“It is not very difficult to bypass OpenAI restriction measures of certain countries to access ChatGPT. Russian hackers are currently discussing and researching how to bypass geo-fences in order to use ChatGPT to their malicious purposes.
We believe these hackers are likely to be testing ChatGPT as part of their daily criminal operations. Cybercriminals are getting more and more interested in ChatGPT, because the AI technology behind it can make the hacker more cost-effective,” Shekevich said.
ChatGPT isn’t the only tool hackers want to use – hackers also want to make ChatGPT more popular to spread other types of malware. malware(Opens in a new window)They also steal money. Apple’s mobile app store, the App Store, hosted an app that claimed to be a chatbot. However, it required a $10 monthly subscription. Other apps, including some on Google Play, can charge as high as $15 for the same “service”.
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