Fake Ads on the Attack

Thursday, January 9, 2014 @ 04:01 PM gHale

Much like the problem Yahoo faced earlier this week, the popular video sharing website DailyMotion has been serving fake antiviruses through malicious ads.

Users who visit the website end up served a fake antivirus, said researchers at security firm Invincea. On January 7, only 10 antivirus engines from VirusTotal detected the threat.

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The fake antivirus is not out of the ordinary. It falsely informs victims of malware infections and asks them to register the product in order to remove the Trojans, Downloaders, Backdoors and Rootkits. Registration costs up to $100.

It goes without saying, but users should not to pay since the infections are fake and the bogus security application doesn’t actually do anything.

Invincea said it notified DailyMotion of the malvertising attack.

Earlier this week, Yahoo users from Europe also ended up targeted in a similar type of attack.



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