Artificial intelligence ‘leaked’ private keys to crypto wallets

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OpenAI’s Copilot AI coding assistant can offer private keys to real crypto wallets. The Registry writes about it.

According to one of the developers, Copilot suddenly came up with something similar to a cryptocurrency wallet’s private key. It turned out to be linked to a real account.

“I was shocked. The private key is like a lock in your treasury: if leaked, your assets can be stolen,” the programmer said.

Another developer suggested that Copilot pulled information from public GitHub repositories. The AI ​​assistant remembered public data and, when properly asked, “brought it to the surface”, he added.

Apparently the private key appeared in the public GitHub repositories. The programmers assumed that it was created for testing purposes. The wallet is active and has been used to send and receive real tokens.

Some developers also managed to find private keys. They turned out to be connected to other crypto wallets, some of which contained a small amount of money.

Former OpenAI researcher Ari Herbert-Voss suggested the keys were leaked because they were kept in the public domain.

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“People are excited that this is another way to find drain wallets, but note that they were all public,” he said.

Herbert-Voss suggested that potentially valuable accounts have already been emptied.

“The real risk is that someone is not careful and continues to use the compromised wallet,” he added.

OpenAI previously announced that it will add a personal information filter to Copilot, which will exclude personal data such as phone numbers and home addresses from training sets.

Recall that in June 2021, GitHub introduced the Copilot code autocompletion tool. The wizard was created in collaboration with OpenAI based on the Codex language model.

In July, the tool was suspected of copying copyrighted code fragments.

In October, researchers discovered that 30% of new code on GitHub was written with Copilot.

Natasha Kumar

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Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter at the news desk since 2018. Prior to that, she wrote about early adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was a legal affairs correspondent for the Metro bureau. Prior to joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as an editor at the Village Voice and as a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch contact me via my [email protected]

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