Attackers are using malicious online advertising to lure targets to download fake installers in a malware campaign aimed at stealing sensitive information such as account logins, security researchers have said.

The campaign, which researchers at Cisco Talos attribute to a group they call “Magnat”, is effective partly because it targets users who are already looking for software to install.

Credentials stolen by the group have been used in further attacks, including ransomware incidents, Cisco said.

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