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Unveiling Dark Web Cybercrime AI: Key Findings from the Latest Kaspersky Research

(source: Google DeepMind, Unsplash)

Kaspersky’s Digital Footprint Intelligence service has found nearly 3,000 dark web posts mainly discussing the use of ChatGPT and other LLMs for illegal activities. Even though chatter peaked in March, discussions persist. 

Threat actors are exploring schemes, from creating nefarious alternatives of the chatbot to jailbreaking the original and beyond. Stolen ChatGPT accounts and services offering their automated creation en masse also flood dark web channels, reaching another 3000 posts. 

The dynamics of dark web discussion about the use of ChatGPT or other AI tools. (Source: Kaspersky Digital Footprint Intelligence)

Stolen ChatGPT accounts for sale 

One more threat for users and companies is the market for accounts for the paid version of ChatGPT. In 2023, another 3000 posts (in addition to the previously mentioned ones) advertising ChatGPT accounts for sale were identified across the dark web and shadow Telegram channels. These posts either distribute stolen accounts or promote auto-registration services, massively creating accounts on request. Notably, certain posts were repeatedly published across multiple dark web channels.

The dynamics of dark web posts offering stolen ChatGPT accounts or auto-registration services. (Source: Kaspersky Digital Footprint Intelligence)

“While AI tools themselves are not inherently dangerous, cybercriminals are trying to come up with efficient ways of using language models, thereby fueling a trend of lowering the entry barrier into cybercrime and, in some cases, potentially increasing the number of cyberattacks,” shared Alisa Kulishenko, digital footprint analyst at Kaspersky. 

Detailed research is presented on the official Kaspersky Digital Footprint Intelligence website. To avoid threats related to cybercriminal activities in the shadow segment of the internet, it is worth implementing the following security measures: 

  • Use Kaspersky Digital Footprint Intelligence to help security analysts explore an adversary’s view of their company resources promptly discover the potential attack vectors available to them. This also helps raise awareness about threats from cybercriminals so you can adjust your defenses accordingly or take counter and elimination measures promptly.
  • Choose a reliable endpoint security solution such as Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business that is equipped with behavior-based detection and anomaly control capabilities for effective protection against known and unknown threats.
  • Dedicated services can help combat high-profile attacks. The Kaspersky Managed Detection and Response service can help identify and stop intrusions in their early stages before the perpetrators achieve their goals. If you encounter an incident, the Kaspersky Incident Response service will help you respond and minimize the consequences, in particular – identify compromised nodes and protect the infrastructure from similar attacks in the future.


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