ChatGPT used to launch phishing and ransomware attacks

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ChatGPT, the conversational bot developed by OpenAI and now owned by Microsoft has hit the news headlines for wrong reasons. A senior government official from UAE has alleged that the chat-based platform is being used by criminals to launch phishing and ransomware attacks.

“It’s become a trend to use technology for cyberwarfare and we have investigated it along with our partners and discovered that our adversaries have already started using it”, said Mohammad Al Kuwaiti, Cybersecurity Head, UAE.

Mr. Kuwaiti added that hackers are using ChatGPT to reprogram and add ransomware scripts. They are also using the platform to write phishing emails and launching them with a 63% suc-cess rate.

Delivering a keynote at the 6th CSIS Cybersecurity Innovation Series Conference in Dubai, Mr. Kuwaiti believed that the new tech might do more harm than good in near future. As the aim of the criminals was to use artificial intelligence to launch attacks on critical infrastructure such as electricity, energy, transportation, aviation, education, and healthcare.

NOTE 1– Here the technology cannot be put to fault, as everything depends on the mind that’s using it. If it is used for a good cause, then it can yield relative results and vice versa.

NOTE 2- Those against the development of artificial intelligence-based technologies like Tesla Chief Elon Musk have expressed their concern against the use of ChatGPT and requested the Redmond based company (Microsoft) to pause all developments related to AI till some rules related to the usage and development are drafted benefitting the mankind.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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