Malicious AI Tool Ads Used to Deliver Redline Stealer


The rising popularity of artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT has made them attractive targets for threat actors who are now exploiting them as social engineering ploys to entice victims into downloading malware droppers that ultimately result in the deployment of stealers like Vidar and Redline.

Recently, we’ve been observing malicious advertisement campaigns in Google’s search engine with themes that are related to AI tools. Figure 1 shows some examples of malicious ads served when a user searches for the keyword “midjourney” in Google (note that Midjourney is an AI tool that generates images from natural language descriptions).

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