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GameZone, Huffington Post hit by malvertising attack

Maria Korolov | Jan. 9, 2015
Criminals hijacked ads on AOL's Advertising.com network and served drive-by malware downloads to visitors to the Huffington Post, LA Weekly, GameZone, and other sites last week, according to a report from Santa Clara-based security company Cyphort Inc.

"There are millions of ads being served and there are multiple ways that hackers can modify their ads to bypass detection," he said.

For example, a malicious ad might seem legitimate at first, but only manifest as evil several days later, or only once for every 20 or 30 loads.

That means that advertising networks need to keep a close eye on their ads for as long as they are running.

"And it will reduce their performance and hurt their ability to scale," he added. "They know they have this problem and don't have a solution yet."

Meanwhile, the only way for users to protect themselves is to keep their antivirus up-to-date and hope that the hackers aren't using a zero-day exploit.

 

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