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Cybrary’s ChatGPT Challenge: Are You Up to the Task?

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By: Madison Vorbrich

December 19, 2022

It's no secret that ChatGPT is making waves in the cybersecurity space. The AI chatbot is an amazing proofpoint of how far similar technologies have come in such a short period of time. If you haven’t been following along at home with all the chatter around OpenAI’s ChatGPT project, now is a good time to kick the tires. The chatbot is available to freely interact with for now - don’t miss the chance!

This is why we wanted to take a different approach to this week’s cybersecurity challenge. Coming up with challenges can be difficult at times; so why not leverage a chatbot to write a challenge about a chatbot?

Drop in and see what Skynet delivers when you ask, “Hey ChatGPT, write a CTF challenge about ChatGPT.”

Weekly Challenge: Chatting with ChatGPT

The world of AI is evolving at a rapid pace, and we want to get you up to speed! No buzzwords, no false promises, just hands-on experience with the latest wrinkle in the AI world. In this weekly challenge, you will be exposed to the world of AI using ChatGPT. You’ll learn about the enabling tech that makes ChatGPT tick, some things that make ChatGPT unique, and you’ll have a chance to experience the chatbot overlord with some use cases that test its limits.

Experiencing the capabilities and limitations of a tool like ChatGPT is critical for cybersecurity professionals who could eventually respond and defend against similar tools. Although ChatGPT may not be the tool that keeps cyber professionals up at night it’s not much of a stretch from ChatGPT to an AI model trained on every malware sample from a site like VirusTotal.

ChatGPT is an expression of where similar technologies are today. Keep in mind that although this kind of technology has potential malicious uses, there are also equally noble uses. As with many cybersecurity tools, it’s not the tool that matters but the intent of its users. Keep informed and stay up to date on these trends.

Five Cybersecurity Use Cases for ChatGPT Today

Here's the deal, ChatGPT is a great tool for cybersecurity. It's easy to use, fast, and gives you the information you need in real-time. But how do you make sure it's deployed properly? What are some of the ways that ChatGPT can be used in a cybersecurity setting?

We're going to break down five use cases for ChatGPT as it relates to cybersecurity.

  1. Phishing email copy creation.
  2. Sock puppet content generation.
  3. Simple code prototyping and translation between languages.
  4. Run a VM inside ChatGPT.
  5. Passing AWS practice exams.
  • Alternative Option: Wordlist generation for fuzzing.

Five Cybersecurity Limitations of ChatGPT Today

Although ChatGPT is an exciting new way to communicate with your team, it does have some limitations. Here are five things you should know:

  1. It won’t look items up on the Internet.
  2. It’s developed to provide original responses to questions (consistency is not a strength of the model).
  3. The OpenAI team continues to lock down the model to keep things cyber-secure.
  4. OpenAI does not mean open source.
  5. It’s not the best software engineer (double-check code for errors or misunderstandings).
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