Woburn, MA – January 24, 2024 – Kaspersky’s Digital Footprint Intelligence service found nearly 3,000 dark web posts in 2023 discussing the use of ChatGPT and other LLMs for illegal activities. Threat actors are exploring schemes from creating nefarious alternatives of the chatbot to jailbreaking the original and beyond. Stolen ChatGPT accounts and services offering their automated creation en masse are also flooding dark web channels, accounting for another 3,000 posts.
Chatter on the dark web discussing the use of AI tools for illegal purposes peaked in March of 2023, while discussions persisted throughout the remainder of the year.
Monthly dark web discussion about the use of ChatGPT or other AI tools. Source: Kaspersky Digital Footrpint Intelligence
“Threat actors are actively exploring various schemes to implement ChatGPT and AI,” said Alisa Kulishenko, digital footprint analyst at Kaspersky. “Topics frequently include the development of malware and other types of illicit use of language models, such as processing of stolen user data, parsing files from infected devices, and beyond. The popularity of AI tools has led to the integration of automated responses from ChatGPT or its equivalents into some cybercriminal forums. In addition, threat actors tend to share jailbreaks via various dark web channels – special sets of prompts that can unlock additional functionality – and devise ways to exploit legitimate tools, such as those for pentesting, based on models for malicious purposes.”
Considerable dark web attention is also being given to projects like XXXGPT, FraudGPT, and others. These language models are marketed on the dark web as alternatives to ChatGPT, boasting additional functionality and the absence of original limitations.
Stolen ChatGPT accounts for sale
One more threat for users and companies is the market for accounts for the paid version of ChatGPT. In 2023, Kaspersky identified another 3,000 posts (in addition to the previously mentioned ones) advertising ChatGPT accounts for sale across the dark web and shadow Telegram channels. These posts either distribute stolen accounts or promote auto-registration services massively creating accounts on request. Notably, certain posts were repeatedly published across multiple dark web channels.
Monthly dark web posts offering stolen ChatGPT accounts or auto-registration services. Source: Kaspersky Digital Footrpint Intelligence
“While AI tools themselves are not inherently dangerous, cybercriminals are trying to come up with efficient ways of using language models, thereby fueling a trend of lowering the entry barrier into cybercrime and, in some cases, potentially increasing the number of cyberattacks,” said Alisa Kulishenko, digital footprint analyst at Kaspersky. “However, it’s unlikely that generative AI and chatbots will revolutionize the attack landscape, at least in 2024. The automated nature of cyberattacks often means automated defenses. Nonetheless, staying informed about attackers’ activities is crucial to being ahead of adversaries in terms of corporate cybersecurity.”
Detailed research is presented on the official Kaspersky Digital Footprint Intelligence website. To avoid threats related to the cybercriminal activities in the shadow segment of the internet, it is worth implementing the following security measures:
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