Beware the Bot: How Fake AI Service Ads on Facebook Are Planting Password Pilferers

Beware of shiny AI lures on Facebook—hackers are peddling bogus MidJourney and ChatGPT-5 perks, hooking over a million users with malware-disguised bait. Don’t bite!

Hot Take:

Well, folks, it looks like the cyber baddies are at it again, this time using the allure of AI’s shiny toys to dangle a malware-marinated carrot in front of unsuspecting Facebook users. With a faux Midjourney here and a bogus ChatGPT-5 there, the only ‘intelligence’ you’re likely to encounter is the artificial kind that swipes your passwords faster than a cat video goes viral. Remember, if an ad screams “Download this and become the next Elon Musk of AI,” it’s probably just a one-way ticket to Hacksville.

Key Points:

  • Hackers impersonate popular AI services on Facebook, luring in users with the promise of exclusive sneak peeks.
  • Victims join fake Facebook communities and download malicious executables that unleash data-stealing malware.
  • Malware like Rilide and Vidar feasts on browser-stored credentials, cookies, and more, ready to serve them on the dark web’s silver platter.
  • One fake Midjourney page amassed 1.2 million followers before getting the boot, only for a new one to pop up with over 600,000 members.
  • These malvertising campaigns show the need for a cyber-eyepatch and a healthy dose of skepticism when online ads come a-knocking.

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The Great AI Impersonation

Imagine a world where AI is king, and everyone's clamoring for a piece of the pie—even if that pie is just a digital mirage whipped up by hackers. These cyber tricksters have turned Facebook into their personal phishing pond, where they fish for gullible users with bait that's shinier than a robot's chrome dome. Don't be fooled by their "exclusive offers" on AI services that are about as real as my chances of winning a marathon.

Community of Commiseration

So, you clicked the ad, joined the "community," and now you're waiting for your computer to transform into an AI powerhouse. Instead, you might as well have rolled out the red carpet for malware to waltz right in and cha-cha away with your personal data. Welcome to the community of commiseration, where the only thing you'll be generating is regret.

The Malware Masquerade

If you thought malware was as passé as dial-up Internet, think again. Today's malware dons a fancy disguise, masquerading as legitimate extensions while it pilfers your digital life. It's like inviting a plumber to fix your sink, only to return home and find your silverware, TV, and the dog have mysteriously vanished.

Followers Galore: A Hacker's Dream

A million-plus followers might be a dream for influencers, but for hackers, it's just another day at the office. Before one fake Midjourney page got the Zuck boot, it had more followers than a small country has people. And like a mythical hydra, cut off one head, and another sprouts up, complete with another 600,000 potential victims. Cybercriminals are not just thinking outside the box—they're thinking outside the browser.

Stay Sharp, Stay Skeptical

Last but not least, let this be a lesson in online street smarts. With great power comes great responsibility, and by "power," I mean your ability to click on things. So the next time an ad flutters its eyelashes at you, promising the AI revolution on a silver platter, remember: if it looks too good to be true, it probably wants to steal your credit card details.

Tags: artificial intelligence scams, dark web, data theft, , malvertising, Password-stealing malware,