September 18, 2015

Three-Week Malvertising Campaign Exposes Security Holes in Online Ad Process

Several well-known firms, including Answers.com, the Drudge Report and eBay’s U.K. operation, were among the sites that served up ad content that exposed online audiences to the Angler exploit kit, according to an investigation by Malwarebytes. It was a particularly successful example of malvertising, where malicious software is hidden in what look like otherwise legitimate digital ads. Those who clicked on the bogus ads were then subject to attacks from cybercriminals, who could take over their system, demand money or steal personal information. In this particular case, however, clicking on the ads took computer users to sites where they were hit with malware.

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