Feeds

Malware miscreants target parked domains

Lost surfers targeted with Trojan

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Malware authors are targeting parked domains in a bid to create a wider network of compromised zombie machines.

About 100 domains parked at NameDrive, one of the top 200 websites in the world, were pointed to an "ad server" serving Trojan downloader malware. This server accounted for 10 per cent of web-based malware attacks blocked by filtering service ScanSafe.

But because this malware ad (mad) server lay one step removed from the common pattern, a series of attacks that started in June was only recently detected. ScanSafe has detected infected ads on 126 sites, the majority of which have a .de or .nl top level domain.

NameDrive and ScanSafe are working together to identify the exact mechanism of the attack, which remains under investigation. NameDrive offers a service that allows domain owners to "park" inactive domains. Targeted ads are placed on these parked domains, allowing owners to rake in a percentage whenever visitors to the domains click on the ads.

Delivering malware via an infected ad or compromised ad server is a tactic that's been used before as a small part of the growing hacker tactic of tricking potential marks into becoming infected by visiting maliciously constructed websites. Using parked domains represents another evolution in this tactic. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority
Let’s Encrypt to give HTTPS-everywhere a boost in 2015
Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age
Kiwis to seek random investors for crowd-funded randomiser
USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked
Thumb drive design ruled by almighty buck
Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm
Cisco Netflow a handy tool for cheapskate attackers
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.