Adversaries Using OpenAI’s ChatGPT Chatbot for Cyberattacks?

Foreign adversaries are already cooking up cyberattacks that are built around ChatGPT. The new artificial intelligence-based chatbot developed by OpenAI has commanded much attention from users experimenting with it and technologists testing what it could do in the future.

In a new study of 1,500 IT decision makers, BlackBerry’s researchers found that roughly half predicted that we are less than a year away from a successful cyberattack being credited to ChatGPT. Some 71% believe that foreign states may already be using the technology for malicious purposes against other nations.

Still, while respondents see ChatGPT as mostly being put to use for “good” purposes, 74% acknowledge its potential threat to cybersecurity and are concerned. Indeed, more than half of the survey’s respondents said that ChatGPT’s ability to help hackers craft more believable and legitimate sounding phishing emails is the top global concern (53%).