Teach LLMs to Phish: Stealing Private Information from Language Models

Published: 16 Jan 2024, Last Modified: 11 Feb 2024ICLR 2024 posterEveryoneRevisionsBibTeX
Primary Area: societal considerations including fairness, safety, privacy
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Keywords: LLMs, machine learning, memorization, privacy, data poisoning, federated learning, large language models, privacy risks
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TL;DR: Attackers can poison LLMs to steal your data.
Abstract: When large language models are trained on private data, it can be a _significant_ privacy risk for them to memorize and regurgitate sensitive information. In this work, we propose a new _practical_ data extraction attack that we call ``neural phishing''. This attack enables an adversary to target and extract sensitive or personally identifiable information (PII), e.g., credit card numbers, from a model trained on user data with upwards of $10$% secret extraction rates, at times, as high as $80$%. Our attack assumes only that an adversary can insert only $10$s of benign-appearing sentences into the training dataset using only vague priors on the structure of the user data.
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Submission Number: 4482
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