A rapidly increasing number of malware creators are capitalizing on the growing interest in Chatgpt, as observed by Facebook’s parent company, Meta. Bad actors are exploiting the AI-based chatbot’s popularity and drawing comparisons to crypto-themed scams. As Meta’s head of information security, Guy Rosen, warns that Chatgpt is fast becoming the “new crypto” for cybercriminals, it’s essential to consider the potential risks and benefits of this evolving technology.
Since March, Meta has detected around ten malware families and more than 1,000 malicious links that pretend to be Chatgpt tools. In some cases, the malware even delivers working Chatgpt functionality while also hiding malicious files. This trend demonstrates how public interest in technological innovations can be abused by bad actors seeking profit or causing harm. Consequently, it raises important questions about how security measures can be implemented to protect users.
On the other hand, generative AI technologies such as Chatgpt have the potential to revolutionize how we communicate, interact, and do business. The rapid development and increasing popularity of AI chatbots like Chatgpt highlight their value as tools for increasing efficiency and simplifying tasks. In this sense, it is crucial to enable the growth and development of AI technologies while simultaneously adopting “risk-based” regulations, as suggested by the G7 countries in their April meeting.
However, concerns about the misuse of generative AI extend beyond malware schemes. For instance, there is an increased possibility of these tools being used in online disinformation campaigns. While Meta believes it’s too early to observe this on a large scale, Guy Rosen expects some bad actors to adopt generative AI technologies to enhance the speed and scale of their malicious activities. As a result, the challenge of balancing innovation with security becomes even more crucial.
Elon Musk, who helped found Openai—Chatgpt’s developer—recently criticized the AI chatbot for “training the AI to lie.” He even revealed plans to create a rival product, “Truthgpt.” The debate surrounding Chatgpt and its adoption by malware creators highlights the need to weigh the potential benefits of this technology against the risks it poses.
While there’s no denying the transformative potential of AI chatbots like Chatgpt, the growing trend of bad actors exploiting public interest in these technologies serves as a stern reminder to remain vigilant. As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of AI and digital security, it’s imperative to assess both the pros and cons of these technologies, seeking innovative solutions to safeguard the online world against potential misuse, without stifling technological advancements.