Bing Chat Exposes Users to Malicious Ads: Cybersecurity Alert
Bing Chat, the AI-powered chatbot introduced by Microsoft in early 2023, has raised security concerns as cybercriminals exploit it to disseminate malware-infected software installers via counterfeit websites. This alarming revelation comes from the reputable cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes, highlighting the potential risks faced by users unknowingly downloading malicious content onto their devices.
Designed to engage users in authentic conversations using the GPT-4 language model, Bing Chat has become a valuable information source. However, recent interactions with the chatbot have unveiled a significant threat: advertisements appearing in the form of links. Malicious actors have taken advantage of these links to distribute malware.
These compromised advertisements cleverly masquerade as legitimate Advanced IP scanners. When users inquire about software downloads through Bing Chat, a link is presented within the chat, often accompanied by sponsored links at the top. Clicking on these sponsored links redirects users to a website employing advanced techniques to distinguish between human users and automated bots or crawlers. Once identified as genuine human visitors, they are directed to a deceptive website bearing the URL ‘advenced-ip-scanner[.]com.’ On this deceptive site, users are prompted to download an installer, which, regrettably, harbors malicious software.
In response to these threats, Bing Chat users must exercise heightened vigilance when engaging with links provided by the chatbot. While Bing Chat remains a valuable resource, users should recognize the potential risks associated with counterfeit advertisements.
To enhance security, users may consider relying on traditional search engines, which typically present sponsored ads more transparently. Additionally, the installation of an ad blocker can effectively shield devices from malicious advertisements, reducing the likelihood of inadvertently accessing harmful websites.
Cybersecurity experts urge Bing Chat users to remain vigilant and cautious, as staying informed and proactive is the key to safeguarding against emerging threats in the digital landscape.