Hackers Successfully Hijack Google AdWords

Cyber criminals purchased legitimate-looking links which attempted to install malware onto unsuspecting systems

Google recently admitted that hackers successfully hijacked AdWords, which allowed cyber criminals to use affected links to redirect users to web sites that contained malicious software.  Google immediately shut down the offending links once they were discovered early last week.

At least 20 specific search terms that appeared on Google as legitimate ads, redirected users to smartattack.org, which distributed the malicious code.  Users were sent to the legitimate site thereafter the damage was done.”


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