WormGPT on the loose

ChatGPT's evil brother, WormGPT, has emerged. We take a closer look at the malicious AI technology and make you smarter about it.

08-09-2023 - 6 minute read. Posted in: cybercrime.

WormGPT on the loose

WormGPT, an unsettling newcomer to the AI world, has emerged. While this sophisticated AI model has the potential for innovative and helpful apps, it also possesses a darker side that can cause havoc in the digital world.

We already have a blog post on the dark side of ChatGPT, so now we’ll discuss the phenomena that is WormGPT and unfold the even darker side of AI.

The genesis of WormGPT

WormGPT is an AI model that is based on the GPT-3 architecture. But it appears as an altered version, with improvements that increase its durability and efficiency. WormGPT has undergone an adaptation that gives it limitless character support, chat memory retention, and different code formatting features.

WormGPT was created to generate natural language text based on inputs that the user provides. These improvements broadens its abilities beyond that of standard AI models, allowing it to develop further in creating data that can either inform or mislead.

However, the appeal of WormGPT hides a feature that threatens the digital world. WormGPT works without the security measures and filters that restrict the outputs of its GPT-3 predecessor. Because of this fundamental lack of restrictions, it becomes a double-edged sword that can produce everything from informative to malevolent content without being restricted by these filters.

Unveiling the dark side

WormGPT is driven into a dangerous area by the lack of security filters since it can create damaging texts for malicious activities like

  • Phishing
  • Frauds
  • Spreading malware

The ethical use of AI technology is more or less challenged by its uncontrolled power that WormGPT and hackers hold, making it a tool that can be abused by cybercriminals for their own gain.

Hackers can execute Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks that trick users into transferring money to fake accounts that mimic corporate employees, using WormGPT's powerful capabilities to produce the convincing messages. These hacking attacks demonstrate the ability that WormGPT has to carry out complex and risky schemes by using its functions to create persuasive and deceptive messages.

WormGPT's malicious function goes even further than that: It's largely focused on data that is used to produce and disperse malware - it has been based on an extensive number of data sources and information from all over the world wide web. It's well known that cybercriminals promote malicious code and hacking methods - including WormGPT - in forums for cybercriminals on the dark web.

Here, they give many other cybercriminals the chance to take advantage of the AI tech’s potential for sophisticated and targeted phishing attacks. These attacks have the capacity to jeopardize the security and privacy of people and businesses, and - in the worst case scenario - lead to great consequences and data breaches for organizations and nations even.

How WormGPT works

WormGPT is similar to other, more innocent software like ChatGPT. The softwares are related as they are both effective AI inventions that were developed using a large corpus of various textual inputs.

WormGPT's training materials, on the other hand, take an unpleasant turn, integrating material from underground forums, hacking guides, cases of malware, and fraudulent e-mail templates.

The model makes use of this information to accurately and convincingly generate phishing e-mails, produce malware, and distribute illegal content online. To personalize content and enhance its manipulative impact, it makes use of strategies like data scraping and social engineering.

WormGPT can collect personal information from websites through data scraping - and by using social engineering they are certain to make content that appeals to the target's mind and that ultimately makes the phishing even more convincing.

The brutal consequences

It can carry severe consequences if you interact with WormGPT; its potential for exploitation makes it a dangerous weapon that threatens both specific victims and society overall. Misled people who use WormGPT for illegal activities risk facing legal repercussions such as monetary fines and prison sentences.

As you can hear, WormGPT poses a variety of dangers. It can execute phishing attacks to trick people into disclosing valuable financial and personal information. Furthermore, it has the ability to:

  • Inject malware code into victim's devices
  • Spreading viruses
  • Worms
  • Trojans
  • Ransomware
  • Spyware
  • Keyloggers that can hack, steal, or encrypt sensitive data

WormGPT is furthermore capable of hacking websites and exploiting them to launch a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against a target website. Online platforms will become inaccessible and break as a result of such attacks.

Working against WormGPT

The threatening presence of WormGPT requires awareness and vigilance. Those who are drawn to its malicious potential should exercise caution since using it for illicit purposes is both wrong and illegal - and will ultimately lead to harsh sentences, which can either be fines or imprisonment. Authorities from various nations discourage its use for illicit purposes and warn anyone who violates it of legal repercussions.

We should, though, remember that the potential harm that WormGPT's can cause, can be mitigated. Although it has strong persuasive abilities, its effect can be minimized if you implement various tools and strategies. Using techniques like signatures, algorithms, and machine learning, malicious e-mails and malware created by WormGPT can be identified and thus prevented.

There are many different tools that can be used to track and identify malicious code, so that we can avoid getting it on our devices and systems. Many antivirus programs and -software are efficient and are constantly updated - they follow the trends in cyberspace, including the malicious ones.

Looking forward

The emergence of WormGPT begs for an important question: is it a single trend or is it a sign of a more concerning future in cybersecurity? The accessibility of AI technologies is growing, and they even reach people without advanced hacking or scamming knowledge - especially with phenomena like MaaS emerging as well.

The threat of more advanced technologies with malicious intentions is approaching, emphasizing the importance of developing and implementing ethical AI that can help us on the right side of the law.

WormGPT's development sheds light on the complex connection between AI technology and its risk of cyberattacks. Although its powers are remarkable and wide-ranging, hackers' malicious use reveals a world of risks that must be averted.

Author Caroline Preisler

Caroline Preisler

Caroline is a copywriter here at Moxso beside her education. She is doing her Master's in English and specializes in translation and the psychology of language. Both fields deal with communication between people and how to create a common understanding - these elements are incorporated into the copywriting work she does here at Moxso.

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