The Twitter account of OpenAI chief technology officer Mira Murati appears to have been compromised and used for nefarious purposes.
On June 1, Mira Murati’s Twitter feed featured what appeared to be a new crypto token from the artificial intelligence (AI) firm.
The since-deleted tweet touted OPENAI, “a groundbreaking token driven by artificial intelligence-based language models.”
OpenAI Social Media Compromised
It went on to direct people to a scammy website “to see if you are eligible for an airdrop directly to your ETH address.”
The website was not accessible at the time of writing, so it may have been taken down.
Anything to do with AI is hot at the moment. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that scammers are latching on to it. Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook remain a hotbed of scams and spam.
Phishing attacks have surged in recent years, and social media platforms are doing very little to prevent them. Facebook even accepts payments from scammers wanting to advertise there.
Experts warned that AI platforms such as ChatGPT are being used to write more sophisticated phishing emails.
According to the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), AI investment scams are on the rise.
“The DFPI has recently noticed an increase in investment scams that claim to use AI to make money for investors.”
Furthermore, this type of investment fraud claims that their AI can trade crypto on behalf of investors and generate too-good-to-be-true profits, it said.
Bad actors can also use AI to create people that don’t exist or clone voices for phone scams.
Senior director for cybersecurity at Aspen Digital, Jeff Greene, said that AI, phishing, and other types of attack emails “will begin to come with much better grammar, tailoring to an individual’s interests.”
Crypto Phishing Rising
There have been several incidents of phishing attacks involving crypto this year. In January, scammers took over Robinhood’s social media profiles to promote a fake token.
Additionally, the creator of the Moonbirds NFT collection saw his wallet hacked via phishing attacks.
The phishing wave will only get more sophisticated if scammers can weaponize AI platforms such as ChatGPT.
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