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Google announced it’s pursuing lawsuits against two groups that have sought to exploit the company’s services and users.

Lawsuit Targets Scammers Abusing Hype Around AI

The first lawsuit targets scammers who misled social media users about Google’s new AI chatbot Bard.

“As public excitement in new generative AI tools has increased, scammers are increasingly taking advantage of unsuspecting users,” said Halimah DeLaine Prado, Google’s General Counsel.

The fraudsters created social media pages and online ads that encouraged people to “download” Bard, a free AI chatbot that does not need downloading.

Instead, the links led victims to malware that compromised their social media accounts. Google has filed around 300 takedowns related to this group since April.

The lawsuit seeks to prevent the scammers from continuing to set up domains for spreading malware. The case could set an important precedent for combating AI ethics abuses.

Google notes that it blocks over 100 million phishing attempts daily and scans billions of apps for malware.

Mass Copyright Fraud Targets & Harms Small Businesses

The second lawsuit involves bad actors submitting fraudulent copyright claims to remove competitor websites.

Google’s DMCA takedown process allows copyright holders to...

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