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Google Files Lawsuit Against Anonymous Individuals for Social Media Account Theft

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Google has recently filed a lawsuit in the federal court of California against anonymous individuals, accusing them of false advertising and distributing malicious software that steals social media accounts. The company alleges that these anonymous individuals are using their protected […]

Google Files Lawsuit Against Anonymous Individuals for Social Media Account Theft

Google has recently filed a lawsuit in the federal court of California against anonymous individuals, accusing them of false advertising and distributing malicious software that steals social media accounts. The company alleges that these anonymous individuals are using their protected trademarks, such as “Google AI” and “AIGoogleBard,” to lure users into installing malicious software.

According to Google, this group of hackers has conducted a scam on numerous victims worldwide by using fake posts on social media and websites, offering a free download of their artificial intelligence called Bard. However, instead of downloading the promised software, victims were inadvertently downloading malware that allowed attackers to gain control of their social media accounts.

This deception specifically targeted small business owners and advertisers on Facebook, aiming to spread through their accounts and reach other users.

In addition to the charges of false advertising and distributing malware, Google has also accused the anonymous perpetrators of violating their terms of service. These individuals posed as the company and hosted the malicious software on Google Sites and Google Drive platforms.

“These lawsuits are an effective tool in establishing legal precedents, disrupting hacker activities, and increasing consequences for bad actors,” stated Halimah DeLaine Prado, general counsel at Google.

Google has requested the court to block this scam and seek compensation from the anonymous individuals for lost profits and other monetary damages.

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