Cybersecurity Sessions S02E06: Privacy & ChatGPT, Credential Stuffing 23andMe, Freebie Bots

Cybersecurity Sessions S02E06: Privacy & ChatGPT, Credential Stuffing 23andMe, Freebie Bots

Oct 19, 2023

To start this month’s episode, we once again weigh in on AI – this time considering the privacy implications when feeding prompts into generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Bard. We’ll discuss whether it’s safe to share company IP or your own personal information into such tools, before hearing how we approach this at Netacea from Principal Software Engineer John Beech.

Next, we’ll look to the news of another major data breach, as it was recently revealed that millions of stolen records from genetics testing site 23andMe were available for sale from an underground forum. The attackers even touted that the data identifies those with Jewish genealogy. 23andMe held customers responsible for reusing their passwords on other sites that had been hacked previously, but where does responsibility for protecting this kind of sensitive information lie and what can each party do to keep data safe? Having spent five years of his career in biotech, Engineering Manager Karol Horosin has plenty to add to this story.

Finally, our security researcher extraordinaire Cyril returns to tell us about freebie bots – a type of scalping bot that targets discounted goods to resell in bulk at retail prices. Sounds like a “prime” bot attack type to target recent and upcoming sales events…


Dani Middleton-Wren – Head of Media, Netacea
Dani is a cybersecurity writer and marketing specialist, who strives to decipher the mysteries behind complex cybersecurity subjects and deliver them to a wide audience. Since joining Netacea in 2019, Dani has used her experience in journalism and analyst relations to create compelling external communication strategies that effectively articulate the threat of automated attacks.


Cyril Noel-Tagoe – Principal Security Researcher, Netacea
Cyril Noel-Tagoe is an experienced information security professional and Principal Security Researcher at Netacea. He spends his time researching, speaking and writing about malicious bots and other cyber security topics.

Karol Horosin – Engineering Manager, Netacea
As well as his role as Engineering Manager at Netacea, Karol is the founder of an AI sentiment analysis product He is a frequent conference speaker and writes online about programming, product development and startups on his personal blog.

John Beech – Principal Software Engineer, Netacea
Currently a team lead for Netacea’s software engineering department, John has been working on highly scalable secure applications platforms over the span of 20 years. He’s enthusiastic about welcoming in a new era of AI and computer intelligence.