Following that, a fake Chrome dialogue will appear, warning users that they need to download a file that appears to be a font installer package. But the “font” in this case is actually click-fraud adware, which loads hidden ads and clicks on them automatically, lining the pockets of those responsible for that malware. This particular scheme isn’t dangerous, in and of itself, but according to Bleeping Computer, “the criminal crew behind this scheme have unleashed far worse things in the past, such as encrypting ransomware.”
So far it only impacts users of the Chrome browser on Windows in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US.
Online shoppers need to also take heed and avoid using browsers’ autofill option. Though it may be a hassle to pull out a credit card every time you want to make a purchase, a new discovery made by a Finnish developer demonstrates why the extra time you save per purchase may not be worth it. Hackers have found a way to access your stored credit card info.
According to Thrillist, “anyone can fall for the scam by submitting a couple basic pieces of information. Web users think they’re just entering their name and email address, but ‘hidden’ text boxes are automatically filled in with more sensitive data like address, phone number, and credit card number.” Read More