Some alarming news broke today that hundreds of U.S. news websites are unwittingly playing a big role in a new malware campaign that’s disguised as a Chrome browser update. This is quite a devious attack method since it’s considered an important security practice to update your browser as soon as possible.
— Threat Insight (@threatinsight) November 2, 2022
This is a serious problem since many people get their local news from these websites and trust them implicitly. Here’s what you need to know about this dangerous new malware campaign. When visiting a news site and after advertising loads, an alert might appear warning you that it’s time to update your browser.
According to Bleeping Computer, the message is tailored to match your browser, appearing to be an update for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera. If you proceed with the download, it will be a malware package rather than a security update.
Thankfully, it’s easy to double-check by navigating to browser settings and checking if there are any updates available within the browser controls. Hackers have not been able to insert their malware links into the browser code. Alerts, on the other hand, can be triggered by websites and website advertising, so use extra caution with pop-ups.