I will never click another sponsored link on Google again

There’s an increasingly concerning phenomenon happening one the web right now, one that’s seeing scammers buying up top ad spots on Google in order to spread malicious code. Often impersonating well known apps such as WhatsApp (opens in new tab), they can blend seamlessly with harmless ads. Unless you know the exact URL of the app you’re trying to download, you could find yourself downloading something harmful.

We’ve been watching phishing tactics evolve over the years, and while buying ads to impersonate free and open-source apps isn’t a new method for would-be scammers, it seems to have increased along with the trend in NFT and cryptocurrency investments going on all over the internet.

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