The dizzying capacity for OpenAI to vacuum up vast amounts of data and spit out custom-tailored content has ushered in all sorts of worrying predictions about the technology’s ability to overwhelm everything — including cybersecurity defenses.
Indeed, ChatGPT’s latest iteration, GPT-4, is smart enough to pass the bar exam, generate thousands of words of text, and write malicious code. And thanks to its stripped-down interface anyone can use, concerns that the OpenAI tools could turn any would-be petty thief into a technically savvy malicious coder in moments were, and still are, well-founded. ChatGPT-enabled cyberattacks started popping up just after its user-friendly interface premiered in November 2022.
OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman told a crowd gathered at SXSW this month that he is concerned about the technology’s potential to do two specific things really well: spread disinformation and launch cyberattacks.
“Now that they’re getting better at writing computer code, [OpenAI]…