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Beware of the new Chrome “font wasn’t found” hack

Posted by Michael Greenhill
Updated on February 22, 2017

A new type of malware attack has been identified, targeting users of Google Chrome.

It uses JavaScript to change the appearance of the page, tricking you into downloading an executable file loaded with malware.

How the malware presents itself

The actual alert shown in the web browser resembles this:

The fake font installation dialogue box

Please be aware that Chrome should never prompt you to download, install, or update any fonts. The loading of custom web fonts happens seamlessly without your intervention.

When clicked, the dialogue box downloads an executable and guides you through the process of opening it.
A close-up of the installation instructions.
Please do not install this!

As with any malware you run the risk of losing personal information, and spreading the infection to the rest of our network.

Via https://neosmart.net/blog/2017/beware-of-this-new-chrome-font-wasnt-found-hack/

Updated on February 22, 2017

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