Thursday, 15 October 2015

Daily Mail Spread Malware Via Infected Adverts

On the website of the popular British newspaper the Daily Mail are infected ads appeared which attempted to infect visitors with malware. The ads were supposedly advertisement for shoes, but let visitors actually load a page with the Angler-exploitkit.

This exploitkit uses vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Adobe Flash Player to infect computers with malware. These are known vulnerabilities. Users whose software was up-to-date therefore were not at risk. In the case the attack was successful CryptoWall-ransomware is installed. After being informed by anti-malware company Malwarebytes the advertisements of the site were removed. The Daily Mail gets 156 million visitors monthly and is according to Alexa at the 100th place of most visited websites on the internet.

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