Search engines, like Google and Bing, have stringent advertising review processes in place to protect their users from malicious advertisements and to uphold quality standards. Unfortunately, some malicious adverts can still slip through the net.
One of the more recent adverts to slip through Bing’s approval processes was an ad that targeted users searching for terms like “download chrome”. The ad would then attempt to trick users into clicking it, downloading a malicious file. A user by the name of Gabriel, reported this on Twitter. The Bing Ads team responded and noted that they have taken appropriate action:
Hi Gabriel, protecting customers from malicious content is a top priority and we have removed the ads from Bing and banned the associated account. We encourage users to continue to report this type of content at https://t.co/Dh1KuF5O0t so we can take appropriate action. ^GC
— Bing Ads (@BingAds) October 26, 2018
The advertiser in question has had their account suspended and, as a result, the ads banned.
Have you seen any other examples of malicious advertising on Bing? Tell us your story!Further reading: Bing, Bing Ads, Microsoft