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Feb 24, 2023

Cybercriminals Use Fake ChatGPT Apps to Disseminate Windows and Android Malware

Abstract Technology Binary Code Dark Red Background. Cyber Attack, Ransomware, Malware, Scareware ConceptChatGPT has been used throughout the world, both for work processes and creative endeavors. Additionally, it's being used for large platforms such as Microsoft, becoming an essential tool for business success.

With more than 100 million users, ChatGTP is the fastest-growing consumer app in modern history. As a result, the app's creator opted to limit usage and introduced a $20 monthly subscription tier (ChatGPT Plus) for anyone who wants to use the chatbot with no availability constraints.

As a result of this recent change, hackers are now promoting a fake ChatGTP software that offers continuous, cost-free access to the premium version. However, BleepingComputer states that the con artists’ goal is to have users download malware or lure users into giving them login credentials.

How many ChatGPT scams exist?

Cyble, a research lab, claims to have found over 50 malicious software that imitate ChatGPT and use its logo and name, all of which aim to harm users' devices.

Not only are there malicious websites that look very similar to ChatGTP, but there are also applications on Google Play and other third-party Android apps.

Many of these ChatGTP viruses have different functionalities to disrupt an end user's system. Some examples include:

  • Malware that steals clipboard contents
  • Downloads harmful executable files
  • Deceives end users by faking a payment portal for ChatGPT Plus

Overall, it is important to be cautious and only access authorized channels when working with AI language models or any other online services. Updating security software regularly and being vigilant when downloading apps from third-party sources is imperative. Malicious apps can have various functions that harm a user's system or compromise privacy and security.

Here is a link to the official program if using ChatGTP is something you're interested in:

The Infiniwiz technical team in the Chicago area takes a proactive approach to your cybersecurity. We set up the proper IT protocols and help you implement them to protect your data and network from online hackers. Do your part in staying informed about potential security risks and take appropriate measures to protect yourself when using online services or downloading apps.

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