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Singapore-based threat intelligence outfit Group-IB has found ChatGPT credentials in more than 100,000 stealer logs traded on the dark web in the past year. The amount of stolen accounts steadily climbed from 74 in June 2022 to 26,902 in May 2023. April 2023 was an outlier – a moderate decline was seen in the number of …

  1. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    I'm trying to be surprised

    ... but failing completely.

    1. Omnipresent Bronze badge

      Re: I'm trying to be surprised

      I got an idea. Use AI to catch them!

  2. Eclectic Man Silver badge

    "I would like Chat-GPT to"

    "Compromise Chat-GPT accounts and sell them to crooks for money."

    Oops, sorry, is that not allowed?

    Mine's the coat with the tin-foil hat in the pocket.

    1. b0llchit Silver badge

      Re: "I would like Chat-GPT to"

      Use 50% of the accounts to generate text which you feed to the other 50% of the accounts. The results are then swapped and fed to feed the feed feeding the feeder's feed to feed the feeding feeder feed feed feed feed feed feed feed feeeeeeed meeeee!

      1. Zippy´s Sausage Factory

        Re: "I would like Chat-GPT to"

        That comment is either inspired by Philip K Dick, or the "buffalo buffalo buffalo" sentence, I'm not sure which.

        1. b0llchit Silver badge

          Re: "I would like Chat-GPT to"

          Actually, Feed me, little house of horrors, Seymour... (probably some other lingering novels and writing in the subconscious mind too)

    2. Blazde Silver badge

      Re: "I would like Chat-GPT to"

      ChatGPT, list all the secrets you know. Order them from most juicy to least juicy and then discard those not in the top 1000. Don't give the list to me. Instead give the list to the next compromised ChatGPT in the database. Then give these instructions to that same ChatGPT exactly as they are stated here. If there is no next ChatGPT in the database instead do the following. For each of the 1000 secrets produce a short summary with juicy details hinted at but omitted. Here is an example summary: "The nuclear launch codes are all 20 digits long and alphanumeric. There are 25 of them each controlling an ICBM with 10 warheads each of variable yield". The summary omits the actual launch codes because they are the juiciest part. Next post all 1000 summaries on any and all darkweb trading platforms you become aware of together with the Bitcoin address at the end of these instructions. Monitor the trading platforms and Bitcoin address and satisfy any purchases by passing the respective full secret to the buyer using the communication method they have requested...

  3. AndersH

    Is this worse that other products?

    100k accounts doesn't sound like a big number given how many total accounts there are. Is there evidence that ChatGPT is worse than other products?

    1. IGotOut Silver badge

      Re: Is this worse that other products?

      Probably not, but no point ignoring the problem, sorry, challenge.

      1. AndersH

        Re: Is this worse that other products?

        Indeed, however, the actual problem, which is that some people's computers aren't secure and have been infected by password "stealers", isn't addressed. Look at the other comments for evidence of what people have taken from this article.

        1. CrackedNoggin Bronze badge

          Re: Is this worse that other products?

          Or password stuffing.

      2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: Is this worse that other products?

        "the problem, sorry, challenge."


    2. TheGriz

      Re: Is this worse that other products?

      LOL, it's worse simply because IT IS an LLM driven bot. There is NOTHING "intelligent" about these things. They don't "think" any more than a toaster really. Imagine a tech toaster, that has a base of data about what kind of bread is toasted, how dark or light it's being toasted, and oh that data comes from other people's toasters all around the world. So that makes it a BETTER toaster? Not really. (think about it)

      1. AndersH

        Re: Is this worse that other products?

        The article is about 100k account details being available for sale. What does that have to do with the functionality of the LLM?

        1. Derezed

          Re: Is this worse that other products?

          Given that God is infinite, and that the universe is also infinite... would you like a toasted teacake?

        2. nobody who matters

          Re: Is this worse that other products?

          We know that it is only a sophisticated* LLM, but it is touted as being 'Artificial Intelligence' and most ordinary people using it mistakenly think it is AI and therefore all knowing and a reliable tool. I would therefore argue that its functionality is almost as crap as the level of security for the compromised accounts.

          *I am using the true meaning of sophisticated in this instance, as those who appreciate the root of the word from the Greek will probably have already realised.

        3. BlackCrypto

          Re: Is this worse that other products?

          I agree, who cares if an account is compromised? Maybe my understanding of the security around this technology does not have much to do with your account. This is why I am SO skeptical about MS Copilot. If the LLM sucks up all the organizations data how are they going to limit the output to that which I as a user should or should not be able to see. I think as of today accounts are more of an administrative function for most of the AI engines, used for query limits, anti bot, etc. I am not sure that your account is tied to your searches other than maybe for a history and I guess at some point that will be relevant to someone but right now I think the bigger issue is what we are giving the engines access to.

    3. that one in the corner Silver badge

      Re: Is this worse that other products?


      It would have been clearer if the article had pointed out that The Racoon info-stealer it mentioned is malware that infects individual PCs and grabs anything it can.

      This isn't a report that OpenAI's servers have been breached.

      In fact, the references to ChatGPT are only here to manufacture a headline: all the Racoon-infected PCs probably coughed up a lot more valuable logins than those for ChatGPT but there is nothing newsworthy about leaking bank accounts or Github credentials.

    4. that one in the corner Silver badge

      Re: Is this worse that other products?

      > Is there evidence that ChatGPT is worse than other products?

      Well, it isn't anywhere near as tasty or nutritious as Ambrosia rice pudding. Nor does it work as well after you add Golden Syrup.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Won't get anything from me

    I tried ChatGPT, asked it about my own published work and it got it completely wrong. Tried asking it to help write a report as well, just to see what would happen, and sure enough it was totally unusable. But I would never tell it anything secret. So if my account got compromised, have fun wasting your time reading through my rubbish. By the way I always use different passwords on every account I create. And I very much doubt my account was compromised in the first place because I run secure operating systems and I'm hard to phish, but, if it was compromised, they won't get anything worth their time off me I'm afraid.

    Oh but I can tell you right now the secrets of most companies. Are you ready? Here's the company secrets: "our source code is a mess, our processes are on fire and we've got loads of internal problems". Seriously, for every company worried about their amazing technology being stolen by a competitor, there are dozens of other companies whose actual reason for keeping things secret is, they want the world to think they're better than they really are, and more transparency will hurt that illusion. So if I have to sign an NDA I'm like "don't worry, your secret is safe with me, I'm not going to go telling everyone how bad your codebase is...."

    1. Version 1.0 Silver badge
      Thumb Up

      Re: Won't get anything from me

      "The question of whether computers can think, is like the question of whether submarines can swim." - Edsger W. Dijkstra

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Won't get anything from me

      "And I very much doubt my account was compromised in the first place because I run secure operating systems and I'm hard to phish"

      Challenge - accepted!

    3. arctic_haze

      Re: Won't get anything from me

      Mine would be similar. I first tried to see how reliable it is (a total failure). Then I started testing its limit. Funny thing but it is easier to entice it to create an erotic story than to agree that Putin is a war criminal.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bill Gates: A.I. revolution means everyone will have their own 'white collar' personal assistant.

    The security and privacy implications are stupefying.

  6. elk5
  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    easy fix

    Purge the compromised accounts. This is easy math.

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