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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.

‘Professional adverts’ for county lines ensnaring children on Instagram and Snapchat

  • A parliamentary committee has heard that there are county lines adverts on Instagram and Snapchat designed to groom children by resembling professional job adverts.
  • Experts from various charities gave evidence at a cross-party education committee in regards to the constantly evolving nature of traffickers ensnaring children and young people.
  • The manager of Catch 22, which helps to support and rescue children groomed into county lines exploitation, said that children as young as seven are now involved in drug running.
  • He also said that social media platforms should be taking more responsibility.
  • The committee heard that London, West Midlands, Manchester and Merseyside were four of the main areas for county lines activity.
  • Barnardo’s received 300 referrals from various part of England and Wales in the past three months.
  • Go to the Guardian website for the full story.

Impact of pornography not taught enough in schools in England

  • A recent survey by Censuswide has highlighted that young people feel the quality of education they receive is inadequate, despite the introduction of relationships and sex education.
  • Young people surveyed also felt that the current teaching fails to tackle modern harms.
  • 58% of 16–17-year-olds surveyed felt that power imbalance in relationships and pornography was either not taught or insufficiently taught.
  • 4 out of 5 surveyed had seen violent pornography by the age of 18 while 1 in 3 had actively looked for violent and aggressive sexual depictions.
  • More research by the Sex Education Forum suggests that sex education does work and can have many long-term benefits.
  • The government has promised to review its mandatory guidance on relationships and sex education in 2023.
  • For the fully story, please visit the Guardian website.