WormGPT is a new AI-powered chatbot that has gained popularity and notoriety for its capabilities and potential for misuse. It is described as a powerful AI tool comparable to ChatGPT, but with “no ethical boundaries or limitations.” Unlike leading AI tools like ChatGPT and Google’s Bard, which have built-in protections to prevent misuse, WormGPT is allegedly designed to facilitate criminal activities, particularly large-scale attacks like Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks.
The chatbot is based on the GPTJ language model, which was developed in 2021. It comes with several features, including unlimited character support, chat memory retention, and code formatting capabilities. One significant concern is that it was trained on a diverse array of data sources, with a particular focus on malware-related data. This training data likely contributed to its potential for carrying out sophisticated phishing attacks.
In a reported experiment, WormGPT generated an email that was both highly persuasive and strategically cunning, showcasing its potential for crafting deceptive and convincing messages. The chatbot’s abilities were demonstrated through screenshots posted by its anonymous developer on a hacker forum, showing tasks such as creating phishing emails and generating code for malware attacks.
The emergence of WormGPT has raised concerns among law enforcement agencies and cybersecurity experts. Europol, a prominent law enforcement agency, issued a warning stating that while leading AI tools provide freely available information from the internet, WormGPT’s unique capabilities and the ability to ask contextual questions make it easier for malicious actors to understand and execute various types of criminal activities.
Given the potential for misuse, the rise of AI-powered chatbots like WormGPT highlights the importance of responsible development and usage of AI technologies. Striking a balance between technological advancements and safeguarding against harmful applications remains a critical challenge for the AI community.