Cyber Threats on the Rise: Google Ads, IDN Domains and Hacked Social Media Accounts


Hackers are continuously evolving their tactics to steal sensitive information and financial assets. One of their recent advancements includes the use of Google ads, IDN domains, and hacking of trusted social media accounts.

Google ads provide a convenient platform for hackers to reach a large audience. They use phishing websites disguised as legitimate ones and promote them through Google ads to trick users into entering their personal information or financial details.

IDN domains, which allow the use of non-Latin characters in domain names, are also being abused by hackers. These domains can easily be made to look like well-known websites, making it easier for them to carry out phishing attacks

Example of IDN domain used in phishing campgain

Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) enable people around the world to use domain names in local languages and scripts.

Recently, hackers have been hacking popular social media accounts, such as Twitter, to promote their phishing websites. These websites often mimic popular cryptocurrency exchanges, allowing hackers to steal users' crypto funds.

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Malicious Link

To sum up, hackers are constantly improving their tactics to steal sensitive information and financial assets. It is important for users to be vigilant and not fall for these phishing scams. They should always verify the authenticity of a website before entering any personal information and use reputable security solutions to protect their online activities.

Alvosec is Block Producer for XPR Network

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