Russian threat actors were noted by Check Point Research to have been attempting to bypass ChatGPT's geo-regional restrictions to leverage OpenAI's artificial intelligence chatbot for malicious cyber activity, reports ZDNET.
ChatGPT currently has application programming interface restrictions barring inbound requests from Russia and the attempted targeting of the platform's code indicates interest in the technology among good and malicious actors, said Check Point Field Chief Information Security Officer Pete Nicoletti, who also noted that ChatGPT has already been attempted to be exploited with a prompt that bypassed the technology's protections against hate speech.
Moreover, while no zero-day exploits have emerged for ChatGPT, threat actors are most likely to use sophisticated phishing attacks as the attack vector.
"It will be highly targeted to you, because they already have your bank data, but now they can craft much more specific language to make it relevant to you, and to each victim," added Nicoletti.
New attacks with the updated SysUpdate toolkit have been deployed by Chinese advanced persistent threat operation Budworm, also known as APT27, Emissary Panda, Bronze Union, Lucky Mouse, Iron Tiger, and Red Phoenix, against an Asian government and a Middle East-based telecommunications provider, reports The Hacker News.
CNN reports that a potential compromise of the Department of Homeland Security's sensitive physical security details is being looked into by the department's senior officials following a ransomware attack against contractor and major building automation systems manufacturer Johnson Controls International.
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