Fake ChatGPT: Global adoption of ChatGPT is growing, and it looks like hackers are taking advantage of this to defraud users. Kaspersky security experts have uncovered a Fake ChatGPT desktop program that is loaded with fresh malware and may be able to steal users’ social media login information. The cybersecurity company reports in a blog post that links to the bogus desktop app are being shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Even those who download the Fake ChatGPT will receive a $50 credit to their bank account, according to several social media posts with the link. Yet in order to collect users’ data, the program essentially injects malware into the system.
The business has named the new malware Fobo (Trojan-PSW.Win64.Fobo). Researchers say that hackers have built a Fake ChatGPT website that resembles the real one almost exactly. Users are transported to the bogus website whenever they click on the link in social media posts. When users choose to download the program, the installation stops abruptly in the middle and displays an error notice.
In truth, the Fobo virus keeps installing itself in the background. Researchers draw attention to the fact that this malware is meant to steal data from cookies that contain login passwords. Several browsers are affected by the malware, including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Brave. In particular, login information for commercial accounts on Facebook, TikTok, and Google can be stolen if hackers gain access to cookies. Other data may also be taken by hackers, such as the amount of money used for advertising and the account’s balance.
Experts assert that attackers are aiming for the international market. Users in Africa, Asia, Europe, and America have been attacked by the fake ChatGPT desktop client.
Darya Ivanova, a security specialist at Kaspersky, described the Fobo trojan as follows: “An excellent illustration of how attackers are using social engineering techniques to take advantage of consumers’ faith in well-known products and services in this campaign against ChatGPT. It is crucial for people to comprehend that just because a service seems authentic, it may not actually be. Users can defend themselves against these assaults by being knowledgeable and being vigilant.”
Readers should be aware that there is no official ChatGPT app. Users can register to access the site and use the AI-powered chatbot for free. OpenAI, the company that created ChatGPT, now released a premium version that enables customers to utilize ChatGPT faster. In addition, Microsoft has introduced a Bing AI chatbot that is integrated into the Edge browser and Bing Search. If prospective users do not have access to the original ChatGPT, they can test the Microsoft chatbot since it is powered by the same technology as ChatGPT.
Microsoft released an improved version of the Bing app for Android and iOS earlier this week. In the new app, Bing AI is present.