Hackers have taken advantage of worldwide interest in the ChatGPT artificial intelligence tool in an effort to break into people’s devices, the owner of Facebook Meta revealed in a security report on Wednesday, equating the phenomenon with the rise of cryptocurrency scams.
Meta’s security team said it found software that offered ChatGPT-based tools through browser extensions and online app stores, which contained malware designed to give hackers access to people’s devices.
“From a bad actor point of view, ChatGPT is the new cryptocurrency,” Guy Rosen, Meta’s director of information security, told reporters, meaning the scammers have moved quickly to exploit interest in the technology. .
Since March alone, the company said it has blocked the sharing of more than 1,000 malicious web addresses that it claimed were linked to ChatGPT or related tools.
Some of the tools include functional AI features, but they also contain malicious code to hack users’ devices.
Meta said it “investigated and took action against malware strains leveraging people’s interest in OpenAI’s ChatGPT to trick them into installing malware pretending to provide AI functionality.”
“Our research and that of security researchers has repeatedly shown that malware operators, like spammers, try to latch onto controversial issues and popular topics to get people’s attention,” he said.
“With the ultimate goal of tricking people into clicking on malicious links or downloading malicious software, the latest wave of malware campaigns has seen AI generative tools becoming popular.”
Source: CNN Brasil
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