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MasquerAds abuse Google Ads

Updated on 2022-12-29

A new MasquerAds technique is being widely used by threat actors to abuse the Google Ads platform in an attempt to deliver a variety of malware to victims’ systems. Read more: “MasquerAds” — Google’s Ad-Words Massively Abused by Threat Actors, Targeting Organizations, GPUs and Crypto Wallets

Landing and rogue sites used in the campaigns

Overview: MasquerAds

On the same note, Guardio Security also has a report out on another malvertising campaign using Google ads to redirect users to malicious websites peddling fake installers, this one boobytrapped with the Vermux malware. This is a trend, apparently, and other malware gangs are doing it too. Read more: Google ad traffic leads to stealer packages based on free software

Flow of events from this infection chain.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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