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Fake ChatGPT browser extension takes over your Facebook, Google accounts

Like using ChatGPT? Beware of this fake browser extension which could steal your Facebook, Google accounts.

| Updated on: Mar 15 2023, 13:21 IST
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1/6 OpenAI's ChatGPT portal is rapidly gaining popularity. It uses state-of-the-art language processing techniques to generate human-like responses to text input and  interacts conversationally with users to provide detailed answers on a wide range of topics.  (Bloomberg)
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2/6 But if you are looking to download the app from your Google Play Store or App Store, then beware! There are several fake ChatGPT-like apps that can be dangerous for your device.  (Bloomberg)
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3/6 You can find a bunch of fake ChatGPT apps on Google Play Store and App Store which can steal your data, a report by top10vpn revealed.  Hence, if you have already downloaded them, then you should hurry and delete them quickly. (REUTERS)
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4/6 Some of these apps on Android are: AI Chat Companion, ChatGPT 3: ChatGPT AI, Talk GPT – Talk to ChatGPT, ChatGPT AI Writing Assistant, Open Chat – AI Chatbot App. (Bloomberg)
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5/6 Some apps are also available on Apple's App Store, which include: Genie - GPT AI Assistant, Write For Me GPT AI Assistant, ChatGPT - GPT 3, Alfred - Chat with GPT 3, Chat w. GPT AI - Write This, ChatGPT - AI Writing apps, Wiz AI Chat Bot Writing Helper, Chat AI: Personal AI Assistant, and Wisdom Ai - Your AI Assistant.  (AFP)
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6/6 However, it must be noted that OpenAI does not have an official standalone app for ChatGPT. Hence, you can use the feature in your browser while login to the official website at www.chat.openai.com/chat.  (AP)
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Fake browser extension is being used by hackers to steal the victim’s passwords. (Pixabay)

OpenAI's advanced AI language model, known as ChatGPT, is becoming increasingly popular due to its advanced language processing techniques, which enable it to create responses that mimic human language. The system engages in natural-sounding conversations with users and provides comprehensive explanations on a broad range of subjects. ChatGPT has been trained on a massive text dataset which allows the language model to analyze and respond to texts in several contexts as well as languages. However, this growing popularity has made it a growing attraction for cybercriminals with several ChatGPT related scams doing the rounds.

It was earlier reported that fake ChatGPT apps were becoming increasingly popular. Now, a new scam is being used by hackers to steal people's sensitive data, according to a report by online privacy firm Guardio.

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How the scam takes place

The scam involves a fake browser extension called “Quick access to Chat GPT” which the victims unknowingly download to gain fast access to chatGPT. Although access is given to the chatbot, the browser extension steals all the cookies stored on your device, including security and session tokens for YouTube, Facebook, Google and more.

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Now the hackers are free to steal your passwords, gain access and take over your accounts. Facebook accounts are especially being targeted by hackers.

Facebook accounts targeted

The browser extension quietly installs a forced backdoor into your Facebook account. This fake ChatGPT browser extension is notorious for taking over high-profile Facebook accounts. The Guardio report states, “By hijacking high-profile Facebook business accounts, the threat actor creates an elite army of Facebook bots and a malicious paid media apparatus. This allows it to push Facebook paid ads at the expense of its victims in a self-propagating worm-like manner.”

Thankfully, since the Guardio report was published, the “Quick access to Chat GPT” browser extension was removed from the Chrome Web Store. However, if you've still got it installed on your device, you should remove it immediately to prevent hackers from gaining access to your accounts.

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First Published Date: 15 Mar, 13:15 IST