Today’s the biggest threats to computer system and user’s privacy is malware, that of be any kind like Trojan, Ransomware, Browser Hijacker and much like that. Hackers or cyber criminals never take rest or miss an opportunity to bother you. Malware experts recently noticed yet another kind of malware variants known to be malvertising, which is techniques to spread malware to online visitors. The process involve seeding ad networks with the harmful online advertisements after which they appears onto your visiting webpage with motive to delivering malware to a person’s computer. Experts classified this as insidious type of attack as one merely has view an advertisement in order to become infected and mainly it happens if their computer has a software vulnerability.
In recent time a number of high-profile websites, including Java.com, TMZ.com and IBTimes.com, become the victims of malware advertising campaign which spread malware to online visitors. Recent malvertising campaigns were discovered by the two security research firms. This highlight the threat of fake and legitimate but there are poorly managed. Advertising networks mainly infect victims via taking advantage of redirected web traffic. According to report by Fox-IT, at least eight to ten websites were found hosting the poisoned ads. These includes Photobucket.com, Kapaza.be, Tvgids.nl, EBay.ie, and Deviantart.com among the group of targeted sites.
Malwarebytes Reports says one of the campaigns create fake advertising networks on high-trafficked adult website that being registered via the proxy. The campaign, dubbed as HookAds, which always redirected the targets user to spoofed adult webpages to spread malware. Now the secondary decoy adult websites attempt to serve RIG and the Neutrino EK exploit kits in order to inject payloads.
Malware advertising campaign involves injecting malicious advertisements into the legitimate online advertising networks and webpages. Undoubtedly Malvertising is new concept for spreading malware and the more interesting does not require any user action like clicking on the ads to compromise the system. Moreover, malvertising does not exploit any vulnerabilities onto the website or server from where it is hosted from. Its infection silently travel through Web page advertisements.
Malvertising, or say Malware Advertising Campaign is extremely new and effective way to target and infect large number of computer system within short period of time. In a talk with SC Media Malwarebytes Lead Malware Intelligence Analyst Jérôme Segura told that Malware Advertising Campaign campaign began in the mid-August or the earlier. He further said, about one million visitors to the adult websites were exposed to malvertising campaign, additionally he stated “we don’t know that all were infected.”
Computer system being infected with any kind of malicious program is truly painful as it completely hampers your computer activities, both the online and offline. Program such as Malvertising are too dangerous and worst even with clicking onto ads they gets inside your PC. The ad is loaded by the user’s browser. Well, malware advertising campaign reached high-profile website visitors but one need to be more cautious while browsing. Security experts suggested users to disable any kind of browser plug-ins that barely used. Also to make sure they are updated in order to prevent similar attacks from occurring.