Smartphone users today are not immune to all kinds of scams, including fleaware. To make things worse, hackers, experienced or not, have found workarounds that allow them to extract even more from their victims. In this context, he took advantage of ChatGPT. How to avoid getting scammed?
AI is essential today! It is present in almost all areas of activity. ChatGPT is at the forefront by arousing the interest of internet users more than ever. But for now, the limits of its use are still far away. This has the advantage of giving more or less accurate answers, although sometimes it happens that the information may be wrong.
It also makes it possible to generate text (blog articles, studies, scripts, etc.). It can also help in finding mathematical solutions among others. But where the shoe shines is that the excesses become more and more. Hackers don’t hesitate to turn its use to the detriment of users who often only notice it later.
Scam via Fleasware, ChatGPT
Crooks were quick to take advantage of this new vein. With the advent of the ChatGPT era, they found a way to extort large sums of money from users through fleeceware. These are scams that are mainly related to mobile applications, but since the development of chatbots, the areas of action have increased. The goal for scammers is to push users towards applications that should normally be free by inviting them to pay for more or less expensive subscriptions.
Hackers develop fleeceware primarily to attract neophytes who have only a vague idea of how these applications work. It should be remembered that most of them are available on playstore for free. The problem with fleaware is that they are applications that, while not dangerous as such, remain particularly sneaky.
In fact, unlike viruses that prevent a computer from turning on, for example, or that interfere to the point of corrupting files, a fleaware application tries to extort money from Internet users by using a legal application. , but fails to give details of the actual. Applicable rates.
This also applies to deadlines on which the free period ends. Thus, Internet users risk the unpleasant surprise of seeing their bank accounts debited with a fixed amount equal to the subscription amount of the application to which they are directed.
What about ransomware?
In 2022, according to data from Sophos, in its report “The State of Ransomware Report 2022”, ransomware attacks affected more than 72% of French companies. They have seen their systems or some of their files blocked by malware which is unlocked only after paying a ransom. The latter supports amounts in virtual currencies (Bitcoin, the most famous cryptocurrency, Ethereum, Solana or Binance, etc.).
Thus, artificial intelligence and ChatGPT in particular have become the new playground for scammers, who manage to circumvent regulations by using legal applications to achieve objectives that do not comply with the law. Sanctions become difficult to enforce. Victims don’t always realize this. This is the case when it comes to subscription prices for free applications, or when they are found on the same platform as chatbots and which only become a means for scammers to extort more money without their knowledge.