In September, we warned you to be careful about the Word software that hackers were using to enable the installation of malicious software. Here is a caveat about the Edge browser. Researchers in charge of the development of the Malwarebytes antivirus have discovered that this tool allows hackers to make money.
To achieve this result, they will use an online advertising network. Arriving on the news feed of his home page, the user discovers content that may hold his attention. And, by following up, he is redirected to a page evoking computer security. If he clicks on the page, hackers will get compensation through the programming interface.
And the system will make the user discover the address of a site that the pirates have communicated. In this way, they will be able to check if the profile of this person allows them to fall into the trap.
The researchers explain to us that the person who takes action will find themselves on a page on which they will see a warning message. Message telling him that a very dangerous virus is present on his computer. A phone number is displayed and she is invited to contact IT support immediately to help resolve the situation. As you can imagine, by reacting, the user will have to pay to have this virus removed, which is obviously not present on his computer.
This technique, we knew it well, especially with the phone calls supposedly coming from Microsoft. The person who picked up was informed of a situation similar to the one I am describing.
In the situation mentioned this week, to ensure maximum security, hackers use the Cloud and use different domain names to make it more difficult to locate them. However, Malwarebytes specifies that these pirates would be active from India. What had already been highlighted for the telephone scam we were talking about.
If you have discovered this type of page, our advice is to close it immediately and never follow up.