ChatGPT will be a threat to cybersecurity, warns European report

A Europol report onChatGPT seeks to warn about the use of generative AI in phishing cases.


Over time, technologies such as ChatGPT will adapt to various production processes, thanks to its openness to plugins in third-party environments that will feed its power for data management and content creation. This, like any innovation in the tech world , has advantages as well as risks. A recent report from the European Union Agency for Police Cooperation (Europol) sheds light on a latent danger in the application of this generative AI: phishing .

In the document “ChatGPT: the impact of broad language models in the application of the law”, the authority mentions that there is a risk of vulnerability with the use of a system that, accessing a huge database at the request of a user, can create more refined criminal solutions to carry out scams.

The potential of this criminal tool lies in its ability to generate content at the request of each user, creating multimedia content and text that can convince people on social networks or messaging services. The first virtue is the possibility for criminals to improve spelling, an important detail to identify false conditions in scams through networks and apps.

Personalized Fake News : the risk of ChatGPT

The other obvious risk in the spread of ChatGPT is the capacity of this new technology for the creation of images, audio and videos related to offers and promotions supported by artists or, in the worst case, the use of deepfake for blackmail .

In general, scams involving images of high-impact personalities on social networks tend to have a higher number of victims. From messages shared using fake profiles and changing the official profile name by a letter or two, to cloning websites for banks and streaming services, criminals take advantage of these opportunities to extract credit cards, passwords and sensitive information from victims.

Finally, Europol warns that OpenAI, the developer of GPT-4, has not taken the necessary measures to prevent the use of its powerful tool in criminal activities. For this, the Innovation Laboratory of the European entity to train different law enforcement agencies on the new modalities of use of GPT in advanced techniques using generative AI.