Cybercriminals have found a way to use Google Alerts to hook victims into scams or push malware.

Bleeping Computer CEO Lawrence Abrams found that malicious actors are creating malicious sites into Google so they will be emailed to people who have alerts set for that particular subject matter. The malicious pages are created using popular keywords and based on hot topics.

“For example, as we publish a lot of ransomware news, I have a Google Alert setup for Ransomware. Knowing that users are desperate for decryptors, the bad actors create fake spam pages containing blobs of text containing keywords related to a particular decryptor that may be affecting a lot of users at the time,” Abrams wrote.

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