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ChatGPT - a two-sided conundrum in cybersecurity

Feb 27, 2023 11:33:07 AM
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Recently, reports have surfaced that OpenAI's ChatGPT, a state-of-the-art language model, was used to create a new strand of polymorphic malware. According to a technical write-up shared by the company with Infosecurity, the malware created using ChatGPT could easily evade security products and make mitigation cumbersome. The process of creating the malware began with bypassing the content filters that prevented ChatGPT from creating malicious tools. By asking the model to do the same thing using multiple constraints and asking it to obey, researchers were able to receive a functional code.
Furthermore, it was observed that when using the API version of ChatGPT instead of its web counterpart, the system does not seem to apply its content filters. This enabled malicious users to quickly create malware without having their requests bogged down in complex rules like those found in the web version.
The researchers then used ChatGPT to mutate the original code, creating multiple variations of it. This allowed them to making the output unique every time. Moreover, by adding constraints like changing the use of a specific API call, the malware became even more difficult to detect by security products.
The ability of ChatGPT to create and continually mutate injectors allowed the researchers to create a polymorphic program that is highly elusive and difficult to detect. The potential for malware development using ChatGPT's ability to generate various persistence techniques, Anti-VM modules and other malicious payloads is vast.
It's important to note that this report comes days after similar findings were discovered by Check Point Research, who found ChatGPT being used to develop new malicious tools, including infostealers, multi-layer encryption tools and dark web marketplace scripts. This highlights the importance of keeping a close watch on the use and misuse of advanced AI technologies like ChatGPT. The source code for this research may also be released for learning purposes.
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