Scam ads find their victims through the Microsoft Edge browser / Digital Information World
It’s been quite a while since Windows 11 was introduced. Recently, Microsoft has been busy fixing all the bugs in its security system. One of the latest releases from the company is the addition of an improved feature like Enhanced Security to the Microsoft Edge browser as the browser becomes more and more popular among Windows users around the world.
A security threat was recently identified by Malwarebytes, an Ireland-based anti-malware solutions company. This security threat comes in the form of advertisement campaign running in Edge browser’s “My Feed” section disguised as tech support campaign where fake Edge browser lock page is published in order to lure victims.
As the researchers explained, the malware only poses a threat to certain users. When a user browses with VPN enabled or a bot surfs, it redirects to the original advertising page posted by the advertising company Taboola and poses no threat whatsoever to the user. Meanwhile, the victims are lured to the scam page, which apparently cannot be easily blocked. The malware identifies these victims through specific Java code.
Within a day, the ads malware was able to get its hands on more than two hundred different users. On their blog page, malware shared multiple domains identified as being involved in this malicious activity. However, one of the surprising discoveries was when Malwarebytes identified one of the website domains as being linked to a software house in India owned by the owner of that company.
It has been established that users using the Browser Guard Extension service provided by Malwarebytes are protected from being scammed by such malware advertisements.
Microsoft Edge still has a long way to go before it reaches the Google Chrome level, but based on the latest features offered by the developers, the browser is now recognized by Microsoft Windows users. That is why protecting the browser and users from such scams is an important task for the company and Microsoft takes all necessary steps to ensure users have an amazing experience.
Since 2019, these scams have spread to a large number of users and tricked users into stealing their data in many different ways.
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