Threat Database Rogue Websites

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 8,536
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 41
First Seen: October 7, 2022
Last Seen: January 8, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows is highly unlikely to be a site that users decide to visit intentionally. After all, the page appears to lack any useful content. Instead, it is primarily focused on running a popular browser-based tactic. Visitors are likely to be greeted by misleading and clickbait messages urging them to press the shown 'Allow' button. However, what these rogue websites rarely reveal, is the true functionality of the button. Indeed, will try to mask the fact that pressing 'Allow' will subscribe the user to the page's push notification services via various false scenarios.

The most frequently encountered scheme is for the dubious website to pretend to be doing a CAPTCHA check. In these cases, users are likely to see messages such as:

'Click 'Allow' to verify, that you are not a robot'

Other popular scenarios include the page claiming that clicking the button will grant users access to an online video or a file will become available for download. In reality, Groundflares, and all other sites running this scheme, will receive important browser permissions allowing them to start generating intrusive advertisements on the user's device.

The shown advertisements are rarely for legitimate destinations, services, or software products. Instead, users risk seeing advertisements for phishing schemes, fake giveaways, technical support tactics, platforms spreading PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), etc.


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