Cybercriminals have found a way to use Google Alerts to trap victims or promote malware programs.
Computer Bleeping CEO Lawrence Abrams has found that hackers create malicious sites on Google with the aim of sending emails to people who have set alerts for a specific theme. Malicious pages are created using popular keywords and are based on hot topics.
“For example, as we publish a lot of news ransomware, I have set the Google Alert setting for Ransomware. Knowing that users are desperate for cryptographers, hackers create fake spam pages containing texts with keywords associated with a particular decryptor which can affect many users at this time ", writes Abrams.
The people behind these scams create fake pages that focus on a variety of topics ranging from technology, entertainment until the summer holidays, Abrams noted.
“The best way to protect yourself from these types of low-quality and malicious websites is to determine that you only want the 'best results' when creating it notification. This can be adjusted with the notification options at the top of the Google Alerts page, ”Abrams suggested.