Hackers now targeting Facebook, and Google accounts through ChatGPT

TechGig
2 min readFeb 28, 2023

Hackers are spreading new malware via Facebook communities by offering fake desktop versions of the AI conversational chatbot ChatGPT and sharing fake news posts, which appear to be from official sources, about the service.

ChatGPT has been on the news for quite some time, but this recognition has made the AI chatbot ChatGPT a hotspot for hackers who exploit it for their own gain. According to Kaspersky researchers, hackers create social network groups that seem to be communities of ChatGPT AI chatbot enthusiasts or even mimic official OpenAI accounts.

Hackers are spreading new malware via Facebook communities by offering fake desktop versions of the AI conversational chatbot ChatGPT and sharing fake news posts, which appear to be from official sources, about the service.

As victims believe the community is legitimate, the authors promote a desktop client that appears identical to ChatGPT’s official website.

“The site prompts the user to download a purported ChatGPT version for Windows which is in fact an archive with an executable file. The installation process begins but stops abruptly with an error message stating that the program could not be installed. Users may think the program simply was not able to install and forget about it,” Kaspersky said.

“This campaign targeting ChatGPT is a prime example of how attackers are leveraging social engineering techniques to exploit the trust that users place in popular brands and services. It is important for users to understand that, just because a service appears to be legitimate, it doesn’t mean that it is,” said Darya Ivanova, a security expert at Kaspersky.

Users are advised to be cautious when downloading software from the internet. It must be downloaded from the official website of the company.

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