Google has taken legal action against cybercriminals responsible for distributing account-hijacking malware by enticing users with fake downloads of Bard, the company’s chat-based AI tool. The lawsuit targets what Google describes as “AI scammers” who established social media pages and ran ads promoting websites falsely claiming to offer Bard downloads.
Furthermore, these deceptive sites delivered malware, allowing cybercriminals to seize control of victims’ social media accounts. Google aims to combat such scams by seeking court orders to disable domains associated with the threat actors, citing a deterrent effect and a mechanism for preventing similar fraudulent activities.
Additionally, the tech giant revealed that it has conducted around 300 takedowns related to this specific scheme since April. Additionally, Google is pursuing a separate lawsuit against threat actors who abused the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to harm competitors. The perpetrators submitted thousands of false copyright takedown requests from various Google accounts, resulting in the removal of over 100,000 websites, causing substantial financial damage to businesses affected by the false claims.
At the same time, Google emphasizes its commitment to protecting and preserving the culture of innovation in the United States, asserting that appropriate legal action against AI fraudsters and copyright scammers, coupled with collaboration with government officials, aims to ensure a safer internet for everyone.