Google Alerts continues to be a hotbed of scams and malware

I use Google Alerts for many of the articles I link to from this blog. I’ve not seen the same issues…yet…:

For example, I use Google Alerts to monitor for various terms related to cyberattacks, security incidents, malware, etc. In one particular Google Alert, almost every new article shared with me today by the service led to a scam or malicious website, with two of them shown below.

Example of Google Alerts for fake articles
Example of Google Alerts for fake articles

When you open these alerts, instead of being brought to a legitimate web page, you are redirected through a series of sites until you land on one promoting malware, fake adult sites, fake dating apps, adult games, giveaway and sweepstake scams, and unwanted browser extensions.

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