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‘Google Chrome’ Search Term in Google Adwords Helps Malware Installation on Mac PCs

Cylance has exposed one malware-disseminating spree which utilizes Google AdWords for delivering malicious code and infecting users of Mac OS. Unsuspecting operators of Mac OS who used the keyword "Google Chrome" on Internet search-engine got duped into pulling down one rogue installer.

During the attack, troublemakers purchased top rankings in AdWords for the "Google Chrome" keyword that apparently led Web-surfers onto www.google.com/chrome that raised one phony download page to obtain the popular Chrome Web-browser.

Conversely, the sinister web-link for the download page diverted Mac OS operators via www.bundlesconceptssend.com, servextrx.com, and ttb.mysofteir.com to eventually pull down one malevolent file -FLVPlayer.dmg, which was installed via the mentioned rogue installer recognized to be OSX/InstallMiez (also called OSX/InstallCore).

After the installation process finished, the Web-surfer got diverted onto a scareware site. Following the web-link took onto one other page serving PUP (potentially unwanted program) asserting it sanitized computers running OS X even as it began downloading an application for Fast Player.

According to Jeffrey Tang security researcher with Cylance, the report of the malware-canvassing campaign got made on 25th October 2016 to an experts' group of Google Adwords. Immediately, the group removed the malevolent ad, Tang adds. Betanews.com posted this, November 1, 2016.

Tang continues that whenever a download happens, the malicious software's hash gets altered making it hard identifying and tracing it. Eventually, operators of Windows PCs get diverted onto admin.myfilessoft.com that gives back error message because of certain DNS failure.

In 2015, an assault similar as the above hit Windows operators hunting YouTube on search engines. At the time, potential victims were diverted onto one false blue-screen-of-death while directed for calling one helpline number for getting their problems solved. Here however, the victims were cheated off their cash to buy one fake support package. Now, given malware distributors exploit popular search terms for managing their adverts reach Google pages' higher ranks indicates the seriousness with which they're striking Mac computers.

Google being notified of the scam instantly removed from its AdWord the malicious ad, while security agencies received the malware's signatures. Users of Mac are advised executing a scan incase they've been seeking Chrome on their systems.

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