September 30, 2015

Scammers use Google AdWords, fake Windows BSOD to steal money from users

Faced with the infamous Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), many unexperienced computer users’ first reaction is panic. If that screen contains a toll free number ostensibly manned by Microsoft technicians who are there to help users overcome this problem, many are probably tempted to pick up the phone.

It is this reaction that cyber crooks are counting on. But how to make this fake screen appear on the user’s computer?

According to Malwarebytes’ researcher Jerome Segura, the latest scheme of this kind was detected only days ago. The crooks have been using Google’s AdWords to make links to malicious pages appear at the top of the Google Search page when user searched for “youtube”.

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