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Ads in Google Search Redirect Users to Tech Support Scam

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  1. 2twenty2

    2twenty2 Thread Starter

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    Ads in Google Search Results Redirect Users to Tech Support Scam

    Malicious ads displayed in Google search results for Target — the US retailer — redirected users to a tech support scam.

    The rogue ad appeared when users searched for the term "target," right at the top of all search results, in the most sought after position of all of Google's ad units.

    The malicious ad used a feature of the Google Ads service that allows ad publishers to display a URL but redirect users to another link. For example, in the rogue ad, the displayed link was "target.com," but users were redirected to "tech-supportcenter.us." Surprisingly, this got past Google's ad quality control service.
     
  2. PaulineGreening

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    Thanks for sharing this, and for keeping us aware. This is concerning, these scammers are getting smarter.
     
  3. 2twenty2

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    You're welcome.
     
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