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Google Takes Legal Action Against Scammers Exploiting Google Bard's Popularity in Malware Scheme

Google is combatting scammers who exploited the popularity of Google Bard, a conversational AI service, to spread malware. The scammers used deceptive ads, leading users to download harmful software disguised as Google Bard.

The rise of generative AI has brought both innovation and challenges, with scammers seeking to exploit the buzz around cutting-edge technologies. Google, in response to these illicit activities, has initiated legal action against scammers involved in a malware scheme under the guise of Google Bard.

Google Bard: A Target for Scammers

Google Bard, powered by the Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA), gained significant attention for its conversational AI capabilities. However, scammers capitalized on its popularity to deceive users.

Exploiting public enthusiasm for generative AI, scammers deployed deceptive ads, prompting users to download what they believed to be Google Bard. In reality, this was harmful malware compromising social media accounts.

Google has taken legal action against the scammers, having previously served around 300 takedowns. The company aims to obtain an order preventing the scammers from setting up domains used in their scheme.

DMCA Abuse: Another Legal Battle for Google:

In a separate lawsuit, Google is targeting bad actors who misused the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Perpetrators set up multiple Google accounts to submit thousands of fraudulent copyright claims against business rivals.

The abuse of DMCA resulted in the removal of over 100,000 business websites, causing substantial financial losses and disrupting operations. Google seeks legal measures against these individuals for their illicit practices.

Scammers often seize opportunities amid excitement surrounding new technologies. Users are urged to exercise caution when encountering ads prompting downloads of unfamiliar technologies, conducting independent research before taking any action.

As generative AI continues to evolve, users should stay vigilant against deceptive practices. Google's legal actions underscore the need for awareness and caution in the tech landscape.

Google's proactive legal actions against scammers exploiting Google Bard emphasize the ongoing challenges in navigating the evolving landscape of generative AI. Users are reminded to approach unfamiliar technology downloads with caution, reinforcing the importance of independent research and vigilance to thwart potential scams.

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