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March 3, 2023

ChatGPT is dark web’s ‘hottest topic’ as criminals look to weaponise AI

  • Cyber security researchers from NordVPN have reported that discussions about ChatGPT have began to “flood forums” on the dark web, with hackers looking for ways to exploit the chatbot.
  • The number of new posts about ChatGPT on the dark web, has grown seven-fold between January and February, and threads rose in popularity by 145%.
  • Among the subjects discussed on the forum include ways to make the AI create malware, how to hack ChatGPT and methods for using it to carry out cyber-attacks.
  • A separate report from Norton warned criminals may use ChatGPT for its ability to produce responses which appear “indistinguishable” to a human, including creating phishing attacks.
  • To learn more, please visit the Independent’s website.

Instagram starts testing its age verification tools in more countries

  • From last June, Instagram began testing new options for users to verify age, including uploading their ID, recording a video selfie or asking mutual friends to verify their age.
  • They are now expanding the testing to more countries, including Canada and Mexico.
  • In addition to this, if a user attempted to edit their date of birth from under 18 to over 18, the app requires them to verify their age.
  • Currently, the age verification tools are rolling out in the US, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, Australia and Europe, with the tool expected to be rolled out globally in the next few months.
  • For the full story, go to the Tech Crunch website.

NI education: Further Education colleges ‘could face horrific funding cuts’

  • In 2023 and 2024 FE colleges and universities could potentially face Stormont funding cuts of almost 20%.
  • The Department of Education said it could not make savings of £110 million in the current financial year, which impacts these budget cuts.
  • Queens University Belfast warned that consequently they would have to cut student places if funding was reduced.
  • Urgency meetings were attended by FE colleges and universities to discuss the budget with many viewing the potential funding reductions as “horrific” with “huge ramifications” if they became a reality.
  • In particular, cuts to places and courses could hit students from disadvantaged backgrounds the hardest.
  • For the fully story, please visit the BBC’s website.