Will the popular ChatGPT pose a new network security threat?

ChatGPT is a new chat robot model developed by OpenAI, an American artificial intelligence research laboratory, which uses natural language processing (NLP) to analyze artificial input and generate output, imitating natural human dialogue. It can also interact according to the context of the chat and assist humans in completing a series of tasks. It can write anything: letters, illustrations, lyrics, research papers, recipes, poems, dissertations, even software code.

The popularity of ChatGPT, on the one hand, is evidence of the rapid development of artificial intelligence, but on the other hand, many doubts and controversies follow.

ChatGPT has affected many fields, such as: search engine, content creation, education system, graphic design, data analysis, scientific research and so on.

According to a survey, 89% of college students in the United States are using ChatGPT for homework. At present, cities such as New York and Los Angeles have begun to ban the use of ChatGPT in classrooms and any school equipment.

There are also many concerns in the academic community. ChatGPT's strong language understanding and learning capabilities allow it to produce academic abstracts that can fool journal reviewers. At present, many well-known academic journals are updating their editorial rules, prohibiting ChatGPT from being listed as a co-author of a paper, and not allowing the text produced by it to be used in the paper. Even the two major journals "Science" and "Nature" have updated their submission rules for ChatGPT. Under the pressure of public opinion, OpenAI also launched the AI creation detection tool AI Text Classifier in February.

For the cybersecurity industry, ChatGPT also seems to have a significant impact.

Threat intelligence company Recorded Future found more than 1,500 references on the dark web and internal forums about using ChatGPT to develop malware and create proof-of-concept code, most of which are publicly available.

There have been countless examples of ChatGPT's ability to change the rules of the game for various black hats. The use of automated malware generation, intelligent fraud text generation, massive false intelligence, and concealment of new attacks will pose a great threat to network security.

Some experts believe that tools such as ChatGPT are expected to lower the barriers to entry, expand the group size of malicious hackers, and raise malware attack and defense to a new level. As ChatGPT and other language generation models continue to develop, it will have a huge impact on the cybersecurity industry.