Google sues scammers over fake Bard AI chatbot that downloaded malware

Alphabet’s Google is suing five unidentified scammers who tricked people looking for Google’s artificial intelligence chatbot Bard into downloading malware on their computers.

In a lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California, Google claimed that scammers have set up social media accounts encouraging people to download a fake version of Bard. When users downloaded the file, it installed malicious software on their devices, allowing scammers to access their social media accounts.

Google’s lawsuit is the first of its kind from a major tech company, highlighting how new legal issues will emerge as the artificial intelligence craze continues in countries around the world.

“As public enthusiasm for new generative AI tools grows, scammers are increasingly taking advantage of unsuspecting users,” said Halima Deleon Prado, Google’s general counsel, in a blog post published Monday morning.

Google does not know the identities of the scammers who are behind the Facebook profiles named “Google AI,” “AIGoogle,” “AiGoogle,” “AIGoogle.Plus,” “AIGoogle Bard FB,” and “AIGoogleBard.” It is common in the cybersecurity field to sue unidentified individuals with a commitment to amend the complaint to add the names of defendants if identified during discovery.

The company is suing the scammers for trademark infringement because they used Google’s logo to promote their scheme. They are also suing for breach of contract.

Google also filed another lawsuit on Monday against fraudsters, alleging they set up dozens of Google accounts and used them to submit thousands of false copyright claims against its competitors. That lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California, claims that two individuals created at least 65 Google accounts to submit thousands of fake notices of copyright infringement against more than 117,000 websites.

Delen Prado said in the blog post that these actions are part of Google’s efforts to “set necessary legal precedents in emerging areas of innovation.”

“Clear rules against fraud, scams and harassment are important – no matter how new the setting,” he said.

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