According to Facebook’s parent company, over the past two months, more than thousand fake links to OpenAI’s chatbot are shared on social media. While the sites to which Internet users are redirected sometimes offer features specific to ChatGPT, most often they only serve to install a virus on the visitor’s computer. Facebook engineers would have identified no less than ten families of malware different.
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Guy Rosen, director of IT security at Meta, told the press: “ChatGPT is the new cryptos”. Accounts of internet users having invested in cryptos only to discover that they have been abused have become commonplace. According to the Chainalysis Institute, nearly a quarter of cryptocurrencies are actually scams.
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Facebook actively fights against these types of scams. The stakes are high, because the social network could, once again, be accused of facilitating the spread of false information… and malware. Multimodal generative AIs are now able to generate textual, graphic, but also sound content in a very believable way. Many inattentive or overly gullible people could be misled by these deepfakesand be victims of a scam.
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Experts agree that public interest in ChatGPT, Bing or Google Bard is a real boon for scammers of any hair. They attack on all fronts. Fake ChatGPT apps are multiplying on the App Store, on the Play Store, and on Windows and Mac. Internet users with less money and the most reckless seek to take advantage of the services of OpenAI’s chatbot for free. They are therefore quick to download applications of dubious origin and install malware on their computers without their knowledge.