Billions of Android and iPhone users warned over cursed ‘Lily Collins’ photo – it’s devastating if you see it
SECURITY experts have warned that millions of accounts have been compromised in a hack connected to pictures of actress Lily Collins.
Images of Netflix’s Emily in Paris star are said to be appearing as profile pictures on hacked Facebook accounts.
Whether you used Android or Apple products to access your apps, experts at security firm Trend Micro want you to be extra wary of what your downloading.
They explain in a recent blog post: “Have you seen people using the hashtag #LilyCollinsHack on social media recently?
“Its widespread sharing stems from Facebook users having their accounts hacked, and their names/profile pictures changed to resemble actress Lily Collins’s account.”
The hacking is said to stem from fake ChatGPT apps that steal your login details when you try to download them.
Over four million accounts are said to have been hacked thanks to this bogus app, according to Artisana.
The fake ChatGPT apps are reportedly disguised as Chrome extensions.
The Trend Micro blog continues: “Using fake ChatGPT apps in order to steal personal credentials is a known recent tactic used by hackers and cybercriminals, and this latest event is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Reports of the “Lilly Collins Hack” have also appeared on Reddit.
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In a popular Reddit thread called r/facebookdisabledme, some disgruntled Facebook users have discussed the alleged hack attack.
One person said: “I am someone that a Lily Collins hacked me and now FB says that I can never recover my account.
“Anyone know of someone I can hire to fight this for me?”
Another added: “I was also hacked by “Lily Collins” and disabled by Facebook.
“I have been spending the last few days emailing Facebook and trying to go through the online steps to get my account back.
“I keep getting an error message when attempting to submit my ID for verification. I just emailed them regarding the error message.”
The best thing to do is to avoid downloading any apps or extensions that don’t come from reputable sources and access ChatGPT via OpenAI’s platforms.
If you spot that a friend’s Facebook profile has changed in a suspicious manner you can report it to the tech giant.
You should also report any strange activity on your own accounts and change your passwords immediately.
We have reached out to Facebook for comment.