Victor Ugochukwu · Dec 14, 2020 . 5min read
Metamask calls out Google for allowing Phisher to float sponsored ads
A phishing site ads sits right at the top of Google's home page when you run a search of the web 3 wallet.
By Victor Ugochukwu · Dec 3, 2020 . 6min read
Foremost Ethereum wallet and gateway resource for web 3 application Metamask have called out Google for allowing phisher to run sponsored ads on its platform.
Metamask posted a screenshot tagging the tech giant on Twitter. Apparently, a phishing site ads sits right at the top of Google’s home page when you run a search of the web 3 wallet.
Metamask went ahead to advise crypto users to opt for a direct link when accessing crypto solutions rather than clicking sponsored ads.
@Google is allowing a phisher to buy sponsored ads on their search results. When using crypto, try to use direct links, and if you need to use search, watch out for sponsored links!
Phishers try to imitate legitimate company websites both in build and functionality. But they do this with a heinous motive to trick website or application visitors into submitting sensitive details like card details or financial application passwords. In this specific case, the Metamask-cloned phisher ads running on Google will most likely try to collect private keys. And once they achieve this, they go-ahead to export all the funds/assets they see in such wallet.
Besides Phisher ads on Google trying to trick Metamask users, Google’s advertising ethics and differentiation factor has been declining over the years.
Another issue about phishing ads blatantly running on Google is that there really isn’t much differentiation. Some other concerned fellows reacting to Metamask’s tweet complained of a drop in advertising ethics standards on the part of the tech giant. Responding to the Metamask, Dan Finlay, one of Metamask’s team member tweeted
Remember when sponsored links looked different from search results? The ethics and security of advertising are much more transparently flawed in light of crypto phishers.
Molly Spiers, Marketing Manager at CoinCorners, an Isle of Man-based Bitcoin exchange and wallet provider, took the opportunity to narrate her firms similar ordeal.
Apparently, Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple, had complained of something similar earlier this week. In his case, scammers had cloned Ripple website and registered a phishing domain website. Brad called out domain hosts and registries for allowing the website to remain.
As at publication time, the Metamask phisher ads on Google is still live and sits atop Google’s page one.
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