Scamming the Scammers: Using ChatGPT to Reply Mails for Wasting Time and Resources. (arXiv:2303.13521v1 [cs.CR])

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support cybersecurity operations
is now a consolidated practice, e.g., to detect malicious code or configure
traffic filtering policies. The recent surge of AI, generative techniques and
frameworks with efficient natural language processing capabilities dramatically
magnifies the number of possible applications aimed at increasing the security
of the Internet. Specifically, the ability of ChatGPT to produce textual
contents while mimicking realistic human interactions can be used to mitigate
the plague of emails containing scams. Therefore, this paper investigates the
use of AI to engage scammers in automatized and pointless communications, with
the goal of wasting both their time and resources. Preliminary results showcase
that ChatGPT is able to decoy scammers, thus confirming that AI is an effective
tool to counteract threats delivered via mail. In addition, we highlight the
multitude of implications and open research questions to be addressed in the
perspective of the ubiquitous adoption of AI.



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