Kaspersky analysis of threats prevented Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Oman in May 2020 has demonstrated that in just a month 131,764 users in these countries were subjected to the unwanted push notification appearance. All in all, such notifications were prevented from appearing 971,153 times. Unwanted notifications cannot be classified as malware and are technically described as potentially unwanted objects. While originally they were meant as a tool for rapid information of users on breaking news, today they can be exploited to target shell websites visitors, filling their devices with unsolicited ads and sometimes links to potentially dangerous websites. To achieve that, users are hoaxed into subscribing to notifications, for example, by passing subscription consent off as some other action. The victim ends up subscribed...read more...