Beware the Fake AI: How Cybercriminals Trick Millions on Facebook with Malware Disguised as GenAI Tools

Beware, Europeans! Cybercriminals are masquerading as Generative AI tools like Midjourney on Facebook, peddling malware instead of magic. Don’t download disaster!

Hot Take:

Well, isn’t this a twisted version of “Followers”! Cyber creeps are now playing dress-up with Facebook pages, waving the flag of cutting-edge Generative AI while picking digital pockets. It’s the classic magician’s trick: watch the shiny AI, but don’t notice your data disappearing into the dark abyss of the web. Moral of the story? If someone offers you a downloadable version of your favorite AI tool, swipe left—fast.

Key Points:

  • Cybercriminals hijack Facebook pages, gather millions of subscribers, and promote faux Generative AI tools that are actually data-thieving malware.
  • A page posing as “Midjourney” with 1.2 million fans was pushing the Rilide infostealer disguised as a Google Translate extension.
  • Most of the victims are men from various European countries, aged between 25 to 55.
  • Real Generative AI tools like Midjourney, DALL-E, or ChatGPT don’t have downloadable versions; they’re cloud-based.
  • Facebook has axed the malicious page but beware, others lurk, and new ones emerge daily.

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When AI Met Phishy

Imagine a world where your favorite AI tools come with a side of cybertheft. That's not a Black Mirror episode, folks—it's reality, according to Bitdefender's latest report. These cybercriminal con artists are basically catfishing with AI, hooking victims with the lure of the 'next big thing' in tech. They're not just stealing hearts; they're after your data.

The Art of Cyber Masquerade

These online bandits are nothing if not crafty. They take a Facebook page, give it a makeover, and voila! It's suddenly a hotbed for "innovative" software downloads that are about as genuine as a three-dollar bill. By the time the cyber police (a.k.a. Facebook) catch on, millions have already subscribed, and the malware's out there, doing the cha-cha with unsuspecting users' data.

A Continental Cyber Caper

Led by the demographics of a typical dating app, the predominantly male victims from Europe might have been looking for love in all the wrong places. Or, more likely, they were just trying to jump on the AI bandwagon and got more than they bargained for. Either way, it's a continental cyber caper that would make any Bond villain proud.

The Cloud is Your Friend

One crucial nugget of wisdom to take away from this digital drama: real Generative AI is like that cool friend who doesn't make house calls; they only hang out in the cloud. So, if someone's peddling a downloadable version, it's time to call shenanigans. Protect yourself by keeping your AI interactions strictly online—no home visits.

Whack-A-Mole: Cybercriminal Edition

Last but not least, remember: for every cybercriminal Facebook squashes, another pops up like a bad game of whack-a-mole. Staying informed is your mallet in this game. Read, research, and be skeptical; if an offer looks too good to be true, it probably belongs in the trash bin, not on your hard drive.

So, sign up for those newsletters, get the scoop, and keep your digital life a no-go zone for these tech tricksters. As the old saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, and I should have known better than to download AI from Facebook."

Tags: Bitdefender report, European cyber attacks, , Generative AI fakes, Infostealers, malware distribution,