Threat Actors Continue to Use Google Alerts to Spread Malware and Scams

Google Alerts can be a great way to stay up to date with the world around you because of the fact that this is the sort of feature that could potentially end up getting you the specific news that you need as soon as it breaks out in the world. However, it is important to note that in a lot of situations Google Alerts tend to be hijacked by various malicious actors so that they can spread malware or potentially end up making people fall for various scams and the like as well.

This trend has actually started to increase in recent time, and even if you sort your Google Alerts so that you only get the highest quality ones threat actors can still find a way to work around this. At this point you might be wondering how they manage to trick Google, and basically the answer to this question is that they use cloaking which is a form of SEO that makes them seem legitimate even though they’re in no way so.

Users should be careful while checking out various Google alerts that they are receiving lest they end up in a situation where they get infected with malware or end up falling for a scam that can cost them a lot of money. This is the kind of thing that really tends to be underreported as well, so it is up to Google to try and make sure that all of its users can stay as safe as possible. The sinister thing about this is that most users can’t even tell if a site is malicious before they go to it, and at that point it will be far too late to prevent the worst from happening.

H/T: BC.

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