All manner of threat actors are trying to compromise OpenAI’s ChatGPT program, according to cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies.
“At Check Point Research, we can see the Russians trying to break through the geo-regional restrictions put in place around ChatGPT,” said Pete Nicoletti, field chief information security officer for Check Point, in a small gathering of reporters Thursday during the company’s customer and partner event in New York City.
Nicoletti was referring to restrictions on access to the ChatGPT application programming interface (API) that would block inbound requests from Russia.
Check Point Research is a threat detection facility that keeps watch for new forms of malware. Nicoletti did not go into detail about the means by which Check Point Research monitors systems to detect the attempted access.
Nicoletti said Russian hackers’ probing of the code reflects just one of an expanding number of parties trying to gain access. “It’s going to be used by good actors and bad,” said Nicoletti of ChatGPT.
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ChatGPT’s situation is not quite like the one that led to the 2017 EternalBlue threat that was the result of code leaked from a lab. Instead, said Nicoletti, use of ChatGPT is “the use of a generally open platform by many different parties,” similar to lots of AI model architecture use cases in the research community.