State-Sponsored Hackers Exploiting AI Tools: Microsoft Issues Ban

A recent report by Microsoft identified state-sponsored hacking groups from China, Iran, and Russia utilizing tools developed by OpenAI, a technology company backed by Microsoft. While the hackers’ use was characterized as “early-stage” and “incremental,” Microsoft has nonetheless implemented a ban on such groups accessing its AI products.


  • The report details instances where hacking groups affiliated with various government agencies (including China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia) explored using OpenAI’s large language models (LLMs) for malicious purposes.
  • LLMs are AI-powered tools capable of generating human-like text, potentially aiding in phishing campaigns, social engineering, and other deceptive tactics.
  • Microsoft, recognizing the potential misuse of their technology, has enacted a comprehensive ban on state-backed hacking groups utilizing their AI products.
  • Despite no observed breakthroughs by hackers, Microsoft and OpenAI acknowledge the concern and aim to proactively mitigate potential risks.

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