Google Adsense users facing extortion Cyber Threats with fake web traffic


If you maintain a website, then you will surely know what Google does if you flood your website with fake web traffic. Yes, for the first count it bans you on a temporary note and as soon as it detects a ‘repeat’, the web search giant completely blocks your website from being indexed on its search engine permanently. Then you probably have the other choice rather than buying a new domain.

Now, the news is out that Google Adsense users are getting extortion threats on a digital note via email saying that their website will be flooded with fake web traffic which can lead to a ban by the search giant. And they are demanding a $5,000 ransom to be paid in Bitcoins to remove their website from the extortion campaign.

Krebs On Security reports that the extortion campaign seems to be intense as hackers are threatening to a cyber attack the website for the second time with fake traffic which will initiate the Alphabet Inc’s subsidiary to impose a permanent ban on the website.

Google has however reassured that it has all the necessary tools to protect websites from fake traffic. And a dedicated help page for form submission has been set up for the Adsense Publishers if in case they feel threatened due to Sabotage. So, for now, there is nothing much to worry about for the Adsense users.

However, the internet juggernaut is clueless about how the email Ids of its Adsense users have reached the workstations of the hackers.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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