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Scams Are Showing Up at the Top of Online Searches

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The core issue is that many search ads are sold through self-service systems, where advertisers don’t necessarily need to be authorized or have their links checked by humans.

Credit: Emma Kumer/The Washington Post

Add one more to the list of online places bad guys are hiding: the very top of search results.

Nasty scams and malware are preying on your trust by hiding behind the ads that sit on top of search pages. Google, DuckDuckGo and Bing are being paid to put them in front of us, and they haven't figured out how to stop it.

It's called "malvertising," and if you're not vigilant at spotting it, you could get burned.

From The Wall Street Journal
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