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Partnerstroka: Large tech support scam operation features latest browser locker | Advanced Mobile Spy Software
Tech support scams continue to be one of the top consumer threats in 2018, despite actions from security vendors and law enforcement. Scammers are constantly looking for new ways to reel in more victims, going beyond cold calls impersonating Microsoft to rogue tech support ads using the good name of legitimate brands, and of course, malicious pop-ups. We have been monitoring a particular tech support scam campaign for some time which, like several others, relies on malvertising to redirect users to the well-known browser lockers (browlocks) pages. While it is common for crooks in this industry to reuse design templates, we were still able to isolate incidents pertaining to this group which we have been tracking under the name Partnerstroka. However we caught up with the same campaign again recently and noticed that the fake alert pages contained what seemed to be a new browlock technique designed specifically for Google Chrome. In this blog post, we share some of our findings on this