Recently, malware was distributed through Facebook advertisements that were approved and bought on the social media network by hacking many legitimate Facebook pages. To trick people into clicking dubious download links, the hackers even went so far as to pose as Facebook and construct official-sounding pages like “Meta Ads” and “Meta Ads Manager.”
One of the first people to notice these fraudulent advertising was social media strategist Matt Navarra, who immediately tweeted to warn others. Navarra provided a screenshot of a Meta advertisement that was actually a fake and was one of the phoney ads. Another verified Facebook account was compromised, and the hacker pretended to be “Google AI” while sending visitors to bogus links for Bard, Google’s AI chatbot.
Over 7 million people followed the stolen account, which was once owned by Indian singer and actress Miss Pooja. On April 29, the account name was altered, and it began disseminating dubious links to its followers.
A spokeswoman for Meta said that although the firm devotes a lot of resources to identifying and preventing scams and breaches, con artists are always looking for methods to circumvent security precautions. The representative also said that although while many of the changes are not immediately apparent, they significantly reduce the likelihood that consumers would experience problems in the first place.
Additionally, Meta found last week that malware developers were utilising the public’s curiosity in ChatGPT as a way to trick people into downloading malicious software and browser extensions. The business linked this strategy to bitcoin scams since both prey on people’s curiosity and trust to get private data.
Meta discovered over ten malware families impersonating ChatGPT and related technologies to hijack accounts online. The business claimed in its security report that it has looked into and combated various malware variants during the previous few months.