WormGPT: The "dark side of ChatGPT"

Onur Demirkol
Jul 17, 2023

A hacker has invented WormGPT, a chatbot designed to aid internet criminals, as his own maliciously oriented alternative to ChatGPT.

According to SlashNext, the developer of WormGPT is allegedly selling access to the program at a well-known hacker forum. In a blog post, the company said, "We see that malicious actors are now creating their own custom modules similar to ChatGPT, but easier to use for nefarious purposes."

Before being made public last month, the hacker appears to have first exhibited the chatbot in March. WormGPT, unlike ChatGPT or Google's Bard, has any controls to stop it from responding to harmful requests.


WormGPT is the "dark side" of ChatGPT

According to SlashNext, the malicious variant of ChatGPT, known as WormGPT, was made available this month. In contrast to other well-known generative AI tools like ChatGPT or Bing, it may respond to searches that contain dangerous information.

It's crucial to keep in mind that WormGPT is a harmful chatbot designed to help internet criminals carry out their activities. WormGPT should not be used for anything. If we are aware of the risks associated with WormGPT and its potential impacts, we may better appreciate the benefits of using technology ethically and responsibly.

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WormGPT's developer has also shared images showing how to direct the bot to write malware using Python code and solicit help in developing potentially harmful attacks. The creator claims to have used the 2021 big language model's open-source GPT-J, a previous large language model. After the model was trained using data on the creation of malware, WormGPT was developed.

Products like WormGPT are making generative AI even scarier

AI has become significantly dangerous

With the improvement of technology, especially artificial intelligence, known cyberattacks like phishing have become more and more used by hackers from all around the world. WormGPT is the latest product that lifts all the ChatGPT restrictions to help these bad actors, and we need to be careful against these phishing attempts.

Deepfakes, fake news, and spam are only a few examples of the uses of generative AI technologies, which are growing more and more potent. Unfortunately, these technologies may also be employed for illegal activities like spreading malware and phishing scams.

Here are some recommendations on how to protect oneself against harmful generative AI tools:

  • Recognize the warning indications of an "evil" generative AI technology: These tools frequently make use of grammatically sound but meaningless language, or they could include typical phishing attack tactics.
  • Take caution while clicking on links: Never click on a link in an email or text message unless you are certain that it is authentic.
  • Update your program frequently: Security fixes that might assist in protecting you against generative AI tools that are dangerous are frequently included in software upgrades.
  • Use a reliable password manager: You can generate and save secure passwords for all of your online accounts with the aid of a password manager.
  • Be cautious while sharing information online: Never divulge sensitive information to someone you don't know and trust, such as your credit card number or Social Security number.

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It is entirely prohibited to use it for phishing or other illegal activities. It is far preferable to use the normal ChatGPT rather than attempting to use this one because it doesn't vary in any way from the regular ChatGPT in terms of responding to general and legal inquiries. Besides, GPT-4 is far better in almost every aspect.

WormGPT might theoretically be used for good intentions. But it's important to remember that WormGPT was developed and spread with malicious intentions. Any use of it raises moral dilemmas and legal risks.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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