Google update to software downloads

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Ad Injectors, Malvertising, Phishing

Google has a policy update on the way which is sure to impact the monsters that target vulnerable audiences with a myriad of deceptive downloads. Dear AdWords Advertiser, We’re writing to let you know about a change to Google’s advertising policies that might affect your AdWords account. Around late April, the Google AdWords policy on […]

Fake Reviews & The Google Play Store

Fake Reviews & The Google Play Store

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Affiliate Fraud, App Stores

The Fair Credit Reporting Act ensures that Americans are granted a free credit report from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion once every twelve months. If you are fortunate enough not to encounter a scammer along the way to getting your free credit report, then you’ll most likely end up at  annualcreditreport.com Unfortunately, not everyone is so […]

AdWords Phishing #2

AdWords Phishing #2

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Malvertising, Phishing

A reader sent me an email asking me to clarify the following statement from my last post: “AdWords credentials are big bucks, more so if you phish a premium account.” Platforms the likes of AdWords are constantly under attack. It’s astonishingly simple to verify this for yourself: Head on over to google.com Search for “adwords […]

AdWords Phishing

AdWords Phishing

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Malvertising, Phishing

This Reddit post discusses an advertiser that is using Google’s AdWords system to phish Blockchain.info subscribers. If you’re not security/tech savvy, what this translates to is that an AdWords advertiser is tricking Google users into thinking that he/she is the face for another legitimate Web site. The idea is to steal user credentials. As an […]

Tech Support Scams – What Lies Beneath?

Tech Support Scams – What Lies Beneath?

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Tech Support Scam, Wire Fraud

In the Tech Support scam, a scammer hijacks a well known brand in an effort to lure a victim who is then deceived into paying for an unnecessary/non-existent service or installing malware infected payloads. This scam has been picked up by quite a few players in the last couple of years, successfully catching people left, […]

Bee Coupons = Enhanced Browsing?

Bee Coupons = Enhanced Browsing?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Ad Injectors

Search for “download skype”, “download google chrome”, “download firefox” or a myriad of other popular applications and you may find yourself unlucky enough to run into an ad injector. Now an ad injector won’t present itself as an ad injector. Typically, it will bundle itself into an installer which will opt the user into installing […]