Adversarial Attacks on Chat-Bots: An In-Depth Analysis

By: Pinaki Sahu, International Center for AI and Cyber Security Research and Innovations (CCRI), Asia University, Taiwan,


The article explores adversarial attacks against chatbots, looking at techniques such as poisoning and input perturbation. These cyberattacks use vulnerabilities in natural language processing to generate false answers from chatbots. The article outlines such dangers including harm to user trust and brand image. Strong model designs and frequent updates are two examples of mitigation techniques that are suggested.


In the quickly changing field of artificial intelligence, chatbots are becoming a necessary component of communication between humans and machines. These conversational agents are vulnerable to adversarial assaults since they are used in a variety of settings, such as personal assistants and customer support. Adversarial assaults entail tampering with the input of a machine learning model in order to trick it and generate false or unexpected results. The complexity of adversarial assaults on chatbots is explored in this article, along with the techniques used, hazards involved, and ongoing efforts to strengthen the chatbots resilience.

Understanding Adversarial Attacks

The objective of adversarial assaults against chatbots is to take advantage of weaknesses in the underlying models for natural language processing (NLP). These assaults can take many different forms, such as modifying user queries subtly or creating inputs with the express purpose of confusing the model. The primary objective is to make the chatbot provide unfavorable or incorrect replies[1].

Techniques of Adversarial Attacks:

Fig.1.Techniques of adversarial attacks[1]

This flow chart represents the techniques of adversarial attacks, explaining the key steps in the process:

  • Input change: Advisors frequently make little adjustments to user requests, including changing the wording or substituting synonyms. These modifications are skilfully designed to trick the model without materially altering the user’s intention.
  • Poisoning Attacks: In a poisoning attack, harmful material is injected into the chatbot while it is still in the training phase. Attackers can control the behaviour of the model by inserting well-constructed adversarial samples into the training dataset, which will cause the model to provide false replies in real-world interactions.
  • Gradient-based Attacks: In order to find and take advantage of the model’s weaknesses, adversaries may employ gradient-based optimisation approaches. Attackers can generate deceptive replies by iteratively adjusting the input to maximise the model’s error by computing the gradients of the model with respect to the input.

Strategies of Mitigation

  • Robust Model Architecture: It is essential to build chatbot models with resilient architectures that can resist off hostile attacks. To increase the model’s robustness, this may include using strategies like adversarial training, which exposes the model to hostile cases during training[2].
  • User authentication and authorization: By installing these safeguards, users’ identities can be confirmed, which makes it harder for attackers to trick the system by pretending to be valid users[2].
  • Adversarial Testing: By proactively putting chatbots through adversarial testing, weaknesses may be found, and continuing improvements can be made. Improving a model’s resistance requires testing it frequently with a variety of hostile inputs[2].


An important problem in the field of artificial intelligence is adversarial assaults against chatbots. With the increasing ubiquity of these conversational agents in our daily lives, it is critical to address the vulnerabilities related to adversarial assaults. Strong model designs, ongoing observation, and proactive testing can help the industry get closer to building chatbots that are more dependable and durable against the ever-changing hostile threat scenario.


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Sahu P. (2023) Adversarial Attacks on Chat-Bots: An In-Depth Analysis, Insights2Techinfo, pp.1

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