Be cautious! ChatGPT’s popularity has made it an easy prey for scammers.

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Many hackers are exploiting the huge popularity of the ChatGPT AI chatbot as a way to lure their victims.

Guardio Labs, which specializes in digital security solutions, said it had found a fake Chrome extension claiming to embed ChatGPT responses into Google search results, when in fact the extension hacked victims’ Facebook accounts.

The fake extension exploits the Chrome Extensions API to steal active cookies for Facebook accounts and send their data to the attackers’ servers. Once in possession of such data, hackers can access Facebook accounts, change account information and turn victims’ profiles into fakes which are used to spread malicious ads and extremist propaganda.

The company said the attackers took advantage of the chatbot’s huge popularity to lure their victims. The attackers took steps to spread the malicious add-on through advertisements that appeared to those who searched for “ChatGPT 4” inviting them to try the latest version.

According to the company, the malicious extension has been downloaded more than 9,000 times since it was made available on February 14th. He stated that what makes the plugin indisputable is that it works properly. The attackers developed the malicious add-on based on the source code of a similar legitimate add-on available in open source format.

The company added that the extension was still available in the Chrome Web Store between February 14 and March 22, when Google removed the extension from its store soon after its discovery.

Guardio Labs said this isn’t the first time it has discovered an add-on targeting ChatGPT finders, as it had previously revealed a similar add-on that the attackers had been running ads on both Facebook and Google.

The company warned that ChatGPT’s growing popularity makes it an easy target for victims, predicting an increase in similar attacks, and urged users to be careful not to download questionable add-ons, especially those promoted via web ads.

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