Cybersecurity Implications: As AI advances, it introduces new attack vectors. Therefore, it's crucial to implement strong preventive measures, including updated training programs to counter AI-enhanced BEC attacks and stringent email verification processes to guard against AI-driven phishing and BEC attacks. This situation highlights the need for proactive security practices and continuous learning in the face of rapidly evolving cyber threats.
A new generative AI cybercrime tool called WormGPT has been spotted, allowing adversaries to launch sophisticated phishing and BEC attacks. The tool automates the creation of highly convincing fake emails personalized to the recipient, increasing the chances of success for the attack.
Diving into details
WormGPT, an AI module built upon the GPTJ language model, was developed in 2021 and possesses several noteworthy functionalities. These include extensive character support, retention of chat memory, and the ability to format code.
When in the possession of threat actors, tools such as WormGPT can become potent weapons, particularly as OpenAI ChatGPT and Google Bard are increasingly implementing measures to combat the misuse of Large Language Models (LLMs) for creating deceptive phishing emails and generating harmful code.
According to a recent report by Check Point, Bard's security measures against abuse in the realm of cybersecurity are considerably lower compared to those of ChatGPT. As a result, Bard's capabilities make it easier to produce malicious content.