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Bitcoin Ransomware Targeting Google Adsense Users

A new email-based form of crypto ransomware is targeting website owners using banners from Google’s AdSense program.

Ransomware attacks are on the rise

According to the report by KrebsonSecurity, the scam involves criminals threatening site owners with a flood of bot and junk traffic to trigger Google’s automated anti-fraud system, leading the suspension of their AdSense account for suspicious traffic.

In exchange, the fraudsters are asking for a ransom paid in bitcoin in order to avoid the potential of losing AdSense revenue. AdSense is a Google program allowing website owners to run ads on their platforms.

The report cites an unnamed website owner targeted by the scam, who shared an excerpt from the ransom email... Read More