OpenAI shuts down accounts linked to 5 nation-state hacking groups


OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company behind ChatGPT, said on Wednesday that it terminated accounts on its services being used by threat actors linked to China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.

The announcement was made in collaboration with Microsoft — one of the company’s major investors — which released a report on Wednesday that detailed how various state-affiliated hacking groups are experimenting with large language models (LLMs) to potentially carry out cyberattacks.

Although the companies said they have “not identified significant attacks” using the LLMs they examined, they warned that state-linked hackers are looking for ways to use AI to improve their attack techniques.

“Cybercrime groups, nation-state threat actors, and other adversaries are exploring and testing different AI technologies as they emerge, in an attempt to understand potential value to their operations and the security controls they may need to circumvent,” Microsoft researchers said.

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