New Malvertising Variant Leverages Google Ads To Serve Malware Through Legitimate Websites
A new type of malvertising campaign that leverages Google ads has been found distributing malware. One such incident has been cited through Google ads served on the popular news site: The New York Times.
Google ads look genuine at first sight. It promotes the download of an Online PDF converter. Clicking on the ad takes visitors to a nice-looking page that includes more information about the product. The page also includes a prominent green button that asks the viewers to ‘Download to Continue’.
Once the app has been downloaded, users are redirected to a special phishing page that conducts user behavior monitoring by hijacking the browser and the search functionality. The app also silently runs unsecured malicious third-party content within a browser.
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