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AI Hype Inspires New Email Phishing Scams

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Beware offers of a free AI demo.

The recent hype regarding Artificial Intelligence has inspired a new wave of email phishing attacks.

In one scenario, the email recipient is given a link for a free download of ChatGPT or some other AI product. Clicking on the link activates malware that can steal passwords and data from your network.

Here are more details from a post by Stu Sjouwerman, founder and CEO of the security awareness firm KnowBe4:

“Curiosity leads people to suspend their better judgment as a new campaign of credential theft exploits a person’s excitement about the newest AI systems not yet available to the general public. On Tuesday morning, April 11th, Veriti explained that several unknown actors are making false Facebook ads which advertise a free download of AIs like ChatGPT and Google Bard.

Veriti writes ‘These posts are designed to appear legitimate, using the buzz around openAI language models to trick unsuspecting users into downloading the files. However, once the user downloads and extracts the file, the Redline Stealer (aka RedStealer) malware is activated and is capable of stealing passwords and downloading further malware onto the user’s device.’

Veriti describes the capabilities of the Redline Stealer malware which, once downloaded, can take sensitive information like credit card numbers, passwords, and personal information like user location, and hardware.

Safety tips:

  • Don’t click on suspicious links or ads.
  • Go directly to the product source to see if the email is legitimate.
  • Use only demos from reputable sources.
  • Train your staff to be vigilant.
  • Report incidents promptly to your liability insurance carrier

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SOURCE: Recent Artificial Intelligence Hype is Used for Phishbait (

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