Articles about malvertising

Smut-watchers suckered by evil advertising

Security bods have closed off a malvertising campaign targeting an ad network spread through an ad network that targeted smut site P0rnHub. The attacks exposed “millions of potential victims in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia”, said the Proofpoint researchers who discovered the attack. Proofpoint said the campaign was …
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UCL ransomware attack traced to malvertising campaign

Security researchers have suggested that the ransomware attack on University College London last week was spread through a "malvertising" campaign. Proofpoint reckons the AdGholas group spread the infection using malware-tainted online ads. This was a "zero-click required" campaign that could infect users who simply visited a …
John Leyden, 22 Jun 2017
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Domains tainted by RoughTed malvertising reap half a billion hits

A strain of adblocker-aware malvertising is responsible for a range of scams, exploits and general skulduggery. RoughTed can deliver a variety of payloads including exploit kits and malware. Hackers are leveraging fingerprinting and adblocker-bypassing techniques in a bid to ensure that marks are served content from RoughTed- …
John Leyden, 25 May 2017
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Masterful malvertisers pwn Channel 9, Sky, MSN in stealth attacks

A two-year long, highly sophisticated malvertising campaign infected visitors to some of the most popular news sites in the UK, Australia, and Canada including Channel 9, Sky News, and MSN. Readers of those news sites, just a portion of all affected (since it also affected eBay's UK portal), were infected with modular trojans …
Darren Pauli, 8 Dec 2016

Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

Adblock Plus is celebrating, but publishers are scratching their heads, after German courts ruled blocking online advertisements is legal. All claims brought by German media cornerstone Spiegel Online against Eyeo GmbH, creators of Adblock Plus, were late last week dismissed by a court in Hamburg, Germany. Seven media houses …
Darren Pauli, 29 Nov 2016
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It's time for a discussion about malvertising

Sysadmin Blog I don't know that I can afford to read the news anymore. As a columnist for several tech magazines I find this somewhat ironic, but my occupation makes the truth of it no less real. Technology can solve this problem for me, but politics probably won't allow it. News can be consumed in a few different ways. The first through …
Trevor Pott, 29 Jul 2016
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Prince of pop trash PerezHilton pwned, visitors hit with cryptxxx

Pop trash giant PerezHilton.com has served the world's most dangerous exploit kit to some of its 500,000 daily visitors. The site is home to Hollywood and celebrity news and has been pwned before under hugely successful malvertising campaigns using the dominant Angler exploit kit. Cyphort researcher Nick Bilogorskiy says the …
Darren Pauli, 10 May 2016
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US telly stations fling malware-tipped web ads at unsuspecting surfers

A rogue advertiser abused the Taggify self-serve ad platform to inject malware-installing code into browsers visiting the websites of two US TV stations. It was a textbook malvertising attack: to infect victims' PCs, the dodgy ads used the Angler Exploit Kit, which is a grab bag of code that exploits weaknesses in Adobe Flash …
John Leyden, 4 May 2016
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Game of P0wns: Malvertising menace strikes Pirate Bay season six downloads

Scores of Game of Thrones pirates may have had computers encrypted by ransomware after malvertisers served the dangerous malware through the Pirate Bay during the mega-series' season six première last weekend. MalwareBytes researcher Jerome Segura says the hard-working Magnitude exploit kit authors were able to target pirates …
Darren Pauli, 27 Apr 2016

Magnitude malvertisers spew 400 attacks from abused Scot ad firm

Malwarebytes researcher Jerome Segura says more than 400 malicious advertisements have been shipped through ad network AdsTerra in two weeks. The advertisements are slinging the hugely successful Magnitude exploit kit which has been the most impactful and prolific of exploit kits used in recent malvertising campaigns. Emails …
Darren Pauli, 21 Apr 2016

Mal Men men hit LiveJournal with Angler exploit kit

Malwarebytes researcher Jerome Segura says malvertisers have served the world's most dangerous exploit kit - Angler - through compromised advertisements run on LiveJournal.com and news service Likes.com. The attacks are the latest in a string of brazen and successful malvertising campaigns that are smashing the web's most …
Darren Pauli, 30 Mar 2016

Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

Top-flight US online publishers are serving up adverts that attempt to install ransomware and other malware on victims' PCs. Websites visited by millions of people daily – msn.com, nytimes.com, aol.com, nfl.com, theweathernetwork.com, thehill.com, zerohedge.com and more – are accidentally pushing out booby-trapped adverts via …
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2016

Skype users were targeted by bad-ad pushing Angler crooks

Cybercrooks have been caught running booby-trapped ads on Skype to redirect users towards an Angler exploit kit trap. The tactic, part of a broader malvertising campaign, shows that users can be exposed to malicious ads pushing ransomware and other crud without even using a browser-based app, the most common exploit route. …
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2016

Dailymotion hit by malvertising attack as perpetrators ‘up their game'

Malicious adverts spreading malware managed to make their way onto popular French video streaming site Dailymotion. The infection involved a rogue ad and JavaScript that ultimately directs surfers to sites harbouring the Angler Exploit Kit (EK). The practical upshot was that Windows users running out-of-date software, such as …
John Leyden, 8 Dec 2015

Hackers spray Reader's Digest stinky feet with exploit kit

Malwarebytes threat analysis man Jerome Segura says compromised Reader's Digest pages are being used to serve the Angler Exploit kit and trojan backdoors. Segura says the site was still serving the highly capable threat today as the publisher had not yet responded to his disclosure. "The attack consists of a malicious script …
Darren Pauli, 27 Nov 2015

Anti-adblocker firm PageFair's users hit by fake Flash update

Ad-blocker blocker PageFair has announced that it was hacked over Halloween, exposing those visiting sites running its free analytics service (allowing those sites to see how many of their visitors were using ad-blockers, perhaps to prevent being served malware by a third-party) to an executable masquerading as an Adobe Flash …

German surfers blitzed by widespread malvertising campaign

German surfers are under attack from multiple directions this week because of a widespread malvertising campaign. Users of eBay.de and subscribers of ISP T-Online.de were confronted with tainted ads after cybercrooks succeeded in pushing malicious traffic through rogue systems. The attacks began after hackers circumvented …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2015
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Smut-slingers' malvertising allowed into Android apps, moan devs

Android apps that should be innocuous are pimping smut by way of slack supervision of their advertising networks, with two app authors complaining to The Register that the root of the problem lies with The Chocolate Factory. The authors of two popular Sydney public transport apps told us Google's app monetisation service AdMob …

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