Millions of Google users have warned about extremely dangerous “clicks” that could cost you
GOOGLE fans have been warned to be careful what they click on after scammers managed to plant another batch of fake ads on the search engine.
Ads get a prominent place at the top of Google searches if they’re related to what you’re looking for.
One user noticed that the popular password manager app 1Password has been mocked – and it’s very convincing, too.
The web addresses don’t sound too dissimilar to the official stuff.
And the layout of each site looks pretty much the same too.
Twitter user MalwareHunterTeam has exposed the problem known in the tech world as phishing.
Phishing attacks trick people into sharing their sensitive information.
You might think that this particular case is extremely risky since all user passwords are stored on the service.
Luckily, 1Password also requires a special “secret key” for added protection.
But they could still have tricked people into downloading and installing malware, which could be even more harmful.
One of the fake sites now appears to have been shut down.
Meanwhile, the other triggers a red danger screen in Google Chrome, which should make most people leave immediately.
It’s not the first time we’ve heard about this type of Google Search scam.
One influencer recently revealed he lost a “life-changing amount” after clicking on a fake ad.
NFT God said its “entire digital livelihood has been breached”.
The crypto investor was looking for OBS, a video streaming software.
He claims to have clicked the sponsored link displayed on Google and downloaded what he believed to be the app.
Nothing happened when trying to install it, so he gave up.
Then, a few hours later, he received worried messages on Twitter that his account had been hacked.
The app turned out to be malware.
Shortly after he found out his valuable cryptos and NFTs had been transferred to another wallet.
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