Crypto bot network powered by ChatGPT uncovered on X

X, the Elon Musk-owned social media platform formerly known as Twitter, has a significant fake account problem. The proliferation of bots on the social network has been acknowledged by Musk himself, as he cited it as the main reason he originally tried to back out of acquiring the company.And new research from the Observatory on Social Media at Indiana University, Bloomington paints a good picture of one such exact bot network that’s been deployed on X. Professor Filippo Menczer along with student Kai-Cheng Yang recently published a study concerning a botnet dubbed Fox8, according to Wired who first reported on the research. The researchers discovered a network of at least 1,140 fake Twitter accounts just this past May that constantly posted tweets linking to a string of spammy no-name online “news” websites that would just repost content scraped from legitimate outlets.The vast majority of posts published by this network of bot accounts were related to cryptocurrency and often included hashtags such as #bitcoin, #crypto, and #web3. The accounts would also frequently retweet or reply to popular crypto users on Twitter, such as @WatcherGuru, @crypto, and @ForbesCrypto. SEE ALSO: A lot of older Twitter posts got wiped out by a glitch How did a bot network of more than one thousand accounts post so much? It utilized AI, in this case, specifically ChatGPT to automate exactly what was posted. The purpose of these AI-generated posts appeared to be to spam Twitter with as many crypto-hyping links as possible, in order to get…Crypto bot network powered by ChatGPT uncovered on X