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Google sues scammers peddling fake malware-riddled Bard chatbot download

November 14, 2023


Google has sued three scammers for offering a fake download of its Bard AI chatbot that contained malware capable of stealing credentials for small business’ social media accounts.

The web giant’s lawsuit [PDF], filed on Monday in a San Jose federal district court against defendants listed as “DOES 1-3”, alleges the trio launched social media pages and posts containing links to download of Google’s AI chatbot Bard.

However, the download actually contained not Bard but malware designed to siphon users’ online login details, the court documents state. Google’s legal team accused the miscreants of targeting small businesses and advertiser accounts to try and steal their financial information.

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