In a bold move, Google is fighting back against a group of online scammers leveraging its brand in a scam targeting AI enthusiasts. The legal action, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, aims to shut down Facebook pages central to the fraudulent operation. Suspected to be based in Vietnam, the scammers cleverly use Google logos and CEO Sundar Pichai’s images to trick users into downloading malware instead of promised AI tools.

Halimah DeLaine Prado, Google’s general counsel, emphasizes in a blog post, “Appropriate legal action puts scammers squarely in the crosshairs of justice, promoting a safer internet for everyone.”

This move highlights tech giants’ increasing use of copyright law to combat online crimes. It echoes prior actions by Microsoft and Fortra, signaling a collective industry push for a more secure online environment.

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