Google and Microsoft Search Engine Users Fall Prey to Malicious Ads – Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL)

  • Online search engine users fall prey to scams and malicious malware that hides behind so-called “malvertising” ads that sit at the top of search pages, reports the Washington Post.
  • Search engines included DuckDuckGo, Microsoft Corp. MSFT Well, and Alphabet Inc. GOOG GOOG Google.
  • Unsuspecting users fell for fraudulent search ads, tricking them into inadvertently handing over their passwords or downloading malware.
  • He could hack into their system if they don’t spot him.
  • Besides fraudulent search ads, there are ads for fake banks, fake sites for the IRS and other government agencies, and fake crypto wallets, to name a few.
  • Search engines have failed to find a solution so far.
  • DuckDuckGo has acknowledged that scammers are evolving their tactics and regularly launching and deleting sites to avoid blacklisting.
  • Previous Google countermeasures have failed to prevent advertisers from impersonating government websites.
  • Google users also suffered a browser hijacker with fake warnings telling them to call fake Microsoft agents for help.
  • In 2021, Check Point Research identified a Google-ad phishing campaign that led to the theft of at least half a million dollars worth of cryptocurrency.
  • Recently, Google came under the regulatory scanner for paying billions of dollars each year for Apple Inc. AAPL, Samsung Electronics Co. SSNLFand other telecom giants to illegally dominate as the default search engine.
  • Price action: GOOG shares traded down 0.32% to $103.57 pre-market when last checked on Friday.
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