As is common with any big technological advancement, the AI boom over the last year has paved the way for a myriad of new scams. From AI-assisted phishing attempts to voice cloning plots, AI scams continue to pop up out of nowhere with the goal of stealing money and personal information from users.
Fortunately, Google has plans to put a stop to at least one scam by suing the culprits for their nefarious behavior.
Google Sues Malware Scammers
Announced by Google this week, the tech giant has officially filed a lawsuit against a group of scammers that have been using Google branding to trick users into downloading malware instead of the company's AI chatbot Bard.
“As public excitement in new generative AI tools has increased, scammers are increasingly taking advantage of unsuspecting users.” – Halimah DeLaine Prado, general counsel for Google
The lawsuit isn't Google only recourse for stopping this kind of behavior. The company noted in the announcement that it had already filed 300 takedowns related to the group, but that the lawsuit will take a more proactive approach to stop them from happening in the future.
How the Google Bard Scam Works
The Google Bard scam in question isn't that complicated, but unfortunately, that's what makes it so successful. Scammers simply created social media pages and ran ads that claimed to provide users with a download link to use Google Bard, the increasingly popular AI chatbot from the tech giant.
However, instead of downloading Google Bard, the link would download malware onto the unsuspecting user's device. This malware would then be used to steal login credentials for the user's social media accounts, compromising their security across the web.
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The problem has been persistent over the last few months, with Google Bard and ChatGPT both seeing an increase in scammers using their services to trick users into downloading malware onto their devices.
Check out our Google Bard vs ChatGPT guide to see how they match up
Is Google Bard Safe to Use?
Avoiding the Google Bard scam is actually quite easy. All you have to do is never download anything that claims to be Google Bard or any Google AI software, as the service is available to users without the need for a download in the first place.
It's important to note that the generative AI boom over the last year has opened up the door for a lot of scammers to take advantage. In fact, one study found that there are “virtually unlimited” ways to dodge AI safety guidelines, which means that you need to be extra vigilant if you want to avoid getting scammed.