Monthly variety of customers affected has grown from 1,722,545 in January to five,544,530 in September 2019, it stated in its analysis notice.
Browser push notifications have been launched a number of years in the past as a great tool that saved readers knowledgeable with common updates, however in the present day they’re typically used to bombard web site guests with unsolicited adverts and even encourage them to obtain malicious software program, Kaspersky stated.
“Useful user-friendly options, akin to push notifications, are easy-to-use instruments for scams primarily based on social engineering strategies, and due to this fact their rising recognition shouldn’t be solely surprising,” based on the agency.
Some of the unconventional strategies to trick and pressure individuals to enroll in subscriptions it stated have been, passing off subscription consent as one other motion, akin to a ‘CAPTCHA’, switching the ‘accept’ and ‘decline’ buttons on subscription alerts mid-action, displaying notifications from phishing copies of well-liked web sites and displaying fraudulent ‘subscribe’ pop-ups on web sites.
According to Artemy Ovchinnikov, Security Researcher at Kaspersky, “Users have to remain attentive and cautious when interacting with pop-ups and only allow push notifications if they are completely sure the alerts are useful and come from trusted sources”
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