Threat Database Browser Hijackers Gossip-celeb-news.com

Gossip-celeb-news.com

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 1,664
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 2,115
First Seen: April 11, 2022
Last Seen: November 16, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Gossip-celeb-news.com, despite its name, doesn't provide any content related to celebrities, gossip or news. It is a mostly empty website created for the sole reason to proliferate a popular browser-based tactic. Indeed, it tries to convince any visitor to click the displayed 'Allow' button and enable the page's push notifications services unknowingly.

This particular scheme has been observed on countless other equally dubious websites already. One of the fake scenarios they use involves pretending to do a CAPTCHA check with users instructed to click the button to prove that they are not robots. Gossip-celeb-news.com, on the other hand, has been observed to rely on a different tactic. It promises users access to age-restricted content upon clicking 'Allow.'

Of course, once the site has received the browser permissions associated with the otherwise legitimate push notifications feature, it will proceed to abuse them by running an intrusive ad campaign. Affected users will start encountering far more unwanted advertisements while browsing, causing a significantly diminished user experience. More importantly, the displayed advertisements could use similar clickbait tactics to promote additional scam pages, phishing platforms, shady adult-oriented portals, spread PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), etc.

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