Bleeping Computer: Scammers Create Google Search Ads to Lure PayPal, Amazon Clients

Bleeping Computer: Scammers Create Google Search Ads to Lure PayPal, Amazon Clients. “Scammers are creating ads in Google search results that pretend to be customer support numbers for popular sites such as Amazon, PayPal, and eBay. When called, scammers will pretend to be from the associated company and state they need a code from a Google Play gift card before they can help. BleepingComputer was alerted to these scam ads in the Google search results a few weeks ago from a security researcher who wishes to remain anonymous. Since then, we have observed multiple scam ad campaigns pretending to be tech support hotlines for well known companies.”

Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites (New York Times)

New York Times: Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites. “The headlines are eye-catching. Melania Trump is leaving the White House! Home renovation cable star Joanna Gaines has abandoned her HGTV show and husband Chip Gaines! Televangelist Joel Osteen is leaving his wife! None of the stories were true. Yet as recently as late last week, they were being promoted with prominent ads served by Google on PolitiFact and Snopes, fact-checking sites created precisely to dispel such falsehoods.”

Beyond Search: Google Ads Misfire on Xenky.com

There have been lots and lots and lots of stories about Google’s advertising placement from the perspective of advertisers, but Stephen E. Arnold has a view from the publishing side of things. “I have a site which I use to provide information to those who attend my law enforcement, intelligence, and security lectures and webinars. The site also has information about my books written specifically for law enforcement and intelligence professionals. I don’t recall when we included Google ads on the site, but it has not been an issue until today, March 26, 2017. “

Bloomberg Quint: Google Overhauls Policies After Uproar Over YouTube Videos

Bloomberg Quint: Google Overhauls Policies After Uproar Over YouTube Videos. ” Google is giving marketers more control over their online ads after a slew of brands halted spending in the U.K. over concerns about offensive content. The Alphabet Inc. unit also expanded its definition of hate speech under its advertising policy to include vulnerable groups, which includes those discriminated against because of their identify, socioeconomic class or country of origin.”

CNET: Google vows to change ad policy after boycotts in UK

CNET: Google vows to change ad policy after boycotts in UK. “Google is rethinking some of its advertising policies after coming under fire in the UK. Some advertising customers in the UK have pulled ads from Google-owned YouTube after some of them reportedly appeared alongside inappropriate and extremist content. The list of clients includes the British government and big brands in the UK, such as the Guardian newspaper.”

The Guardian: French advertising giant pulls out of Google and YouTube

The Guardian: French advertising giant pulls out of Google and YouTube. “A French advertising group that has clients including O2, EDF and Royal Mail has become the first of the major global marketing companies to pull all its ad spend from Google and YouTube. Havas, the world’s sixth largest marketing services group, spends about £175m on digital advertising on behalf of clients in the UK annually.”

The Guardian: Guardian pulls ads from Google after they were placed next to extremist material

The Guardian: Guardian pulls ads from Google after they were placed next to extremist material. “The Guardian has withdrawn all its online advertising from Google and YouTube after it emerged that its ads were being inadvertently placed next to extremist material. Ads for the Guardian’s membership scheme are understood to have been placed alongside a range of extremist material after an agency acting on the media group’s behalf used Google’s AdX ad exchange.”

SEO Roundtable: Google AdWords Tests 6 Ads At The Bottom Of Search Results?

I’m getting AltaVista flashbacks! From SEO Roundtable: Google AdWords Tests 6 Ads At The Bottom Of Search Results?. “Over the past couple days, I saw at least three people report that they saw six or more AdWords ads at the bottom of the search results. So as many as 10 ads on a single search results page, up to four above the organic results and 6 below the organic results.” Somebody’s golden goose might choke to death on all that advertising.

Bar & Bench: SC directs Google et al to put in place in-house mechanism to remove search results on pre-natal sex determination

From Bar & Bench, in India: SC directs Google et al to put in place in-house mechanism to remove search results on pre-natal sex determination. “The Supreme Court of India today directed Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to set up an in-house mechanism to remove online search results, which has ‘potential to go counter’ to Section 22 of the Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 (Act).”

ZDNet: Google let scammers post a perfectly spoofed Amazon ad in its search results

Google had a big ad screwup. From ZDNet: Google let scammers post a perfectly spoofed Amazon ad in its search results. “Anyone who used Google search to look for Amazon, the internet retail giant, on Wednesday was likely served a malicious ad — and didn’t even realize it. The good news is that unlike other rogue ads, your machine wasn’t infected or served malware in any way. But anyone who clicked on it would not have been sent to Amazon.com as they would have hoped, but instead, they were pointed to a fake Windows support scam posing as Microsoft.” Remember when Yahoo was the top search engine, then it started looking at other things, then its search engine and directory experience went to junk, then….