At a glance.
- FBI warns of malicious advertising.
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- Reports: US National Cyber Director Inglis to retire.
FBI warns of malicious advertising.
The FBI has issued a warning that cybercriminals are actively pursuing victims by dangling malicious ads in front of them. "[C]yber criminals are using search engine advertisement services to impersonate brands and direct users to malicious sites that host ransomware and steal login credentials and other financial information." The Bureau points out that, of course, advertising isn't necessarily or inherently nefarious, but that Internet users should approach the ads their search engines deliver with the same informed skepticism they would bring to any other occasion for social engineering. "While search engine advertisements are not malicious in nature, it is important to practice caution when accessing a web page through an advertised link." It pays to advertise, and the criminals know this, too, and so they're buying search engine ads to push their schemes.