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Recipe for Disaster as Tech Support Scammers Use Paid Search

June 26, 2019 / Phil Muncaster

Tech support gangs have been spotted using paid search to reel in unsuspecting victims looking for food-related content online, according to Malwarebytes. The security vendor spotted scammers buying ads for Google and Bing which it said are designed to lure older netizens searching for food recipes. “This scheme has actually been going on for months and has intensified recently, all the while keeping the same modus operandi,” it said. “Although not overly sophisticated, the threat actors behind it have been able to abuse major ad platforms and hosting providers for several months.” As paid search entries are displayed at the top of search listings, users are more likely to click through. Doing so took them to specially created food blogs built by the scammers, complete with comments on the various articles. “However, upon closer inspection, we can see that those sites have basically taken content from various web developer sites offering paid or free HTML ...