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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Largest News Websites Hit by Ransomware Malvertising

Largest News Websites Hit by Ransomware Malvertising

Largest News Websites Hit by Ransomware Malvertising

Added: Friday, March 18th, 2016
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
Security researchers have warned that a range of the largest news portals suffered from the hacks: their adverts were hijacked as part of a malicious campaign trying to install “ransomware” on users’ machines.


The researchers revealed that the hacker attacks were targeted at American users and hit such major news websites as the New York Times, the BBC, AOL and the NFL. Overall, the targeted portals accounted for traffic in the billions of visitors. It appeared that the malware was delivered via multiple ad networks, exploiting a number of vulnerabilities – for instance, a recently-patched bug in Microsoft’s former Flash rival Silverlight, which was discontinued 3 years ago.

So, how does malvertising work? The infected adverts redirect the page to servers hosting the malware containing Angler exploit kit, which tries to find any back door into the victim’s machine. In case of success, it installs cryptolocker-style software on the user’s computer, and the rest is well-known to anyone: the malware encrypts the hard drive and extorts payment in cryptocurrency for the keys to unlock it.

Such malware is called ransomware. Indeed, it is fast becoming the most popular kind of software used by the criminals to install on compromised machines. Adware and trojans become a thing of the past. We can remind you that the first Mac OS X ransomware emerged earlier in March, found in an infected installation of a popular BitTorrent client Transmission.

Security researchers point out that “drive-by” installations usually ask for 1 or 2 Bitcoins as a ransom, which is just a few hundred dollars. However, targeted ransomware attacks sometimes demand much more in settlement. For example, last month, an LA hospital had to pay $17,000 in ransom to the hackers.

It is also clear that the method of attack (via compromised ad networks) will ignite the debate around adblockers. It is not a secret that the browser plugins have often been called a “modern-day protection racket”. They have also been criticized for harming the business model of free online publications. At the same time, users believe that such plugins protect their machines from these ransomware attacks and make the web surfing experience faster, better, and less draining on batteries of the devices.

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Date:  Friday, March 18th, 2016

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-03-18 23:01:39)
SirSeedsAlot avatarRansomware authors should be taken out back when caught and bashed in the head with a rock.

posted by Site FriendET junkieET lovermenSunTurtle (2016-03-19 01:06:41)
Sammy1968 avatarmalware is called ransomware.
I don't understand/

posted by (2016-03-20 16:49:58)
collinwo avatarinternetz without adblock would be terrrrrrr.... rrrrible.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2016-03-20 22:23:05)
analogkid6103 avatarAll the more reason to use adblocking

posted by (2016-03-22 01:03:31)
No avatarad blockers were totally unnecessary years ago before ridiculous ad techniques became commonplace. If someone starts an actually reputable ad service that has appropriate checks and balances AND the vast majority of websites actually used it to serve ads then theres a chance people might go back to that but until then its adblocker all the way. Even then its still a risk. pay portals here we come

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