Google Facebook ads are deceptive and information stealing

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Facebook users need to be on high alert as a new phishing scam has emerged, disguising itself as a website hosted by a reputable company but ultimately leading to a deceptive advertisement aimed at stealing sensitive information. This scam, operating under the guise of Facebook, is currently proliferating on Google and poses a significant threat by attempting to pilfer valuable data such as bank passwords and email addresses.

Cybersecurity expert Justin Poli was among the first to uncover this fraudulent scheme masquerading as Facebook, which facilitates the unauthorized extraction of personal information from unsuspecting online users under the pretext of a social media webpage.

In theory, companies vying for top rankings on Google are expected to adhere to strict guidelines prohibiting any malicious practices detrimental to online users. However, it appears that certain entities are exploiting loopholes, with internet giants placing advertisements in the names of reputable companies at the forefront of search engine results, only to deceive users and harvest their credentials.

In many instances, the administrators behind these ad campaigns are afforded special privileges, such as the ability to alter URLs even after the ads have been published—a capability exploited by cybercriminals to perpetrate their schemes.

In response to these threats, Google has issued a warning and asserted that its monitoring teams are diligently working to root out such malicious advertising campaigns. Moreover, recognizing the escalating sophistication of hackers, the tech behemoth is harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to fortify its efforts in providing a secure online environment for users seeking services.

Concurrently, online users are strongly advised against clicking on links sourced from dubious online platforms, including emails, SMS messages, and the initial search engine results.

It’s noteworthy that a study conducted by Deloitte has revealed that individuals belonging to Generation Z (aged between 14 and 26) are more susceptible to falling victim to such scams compared to older generations, such as baby boomers (aged between 58 and 76). This underscores the importance of raising awareness and implementing robust cybersecurity measures across all demographics.

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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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