The Pirate Bay Ad Server Infected Added: Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
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The Pirate Bay’s advertising server appears to have been hacked and exploited to distribute trojans and viruses among the BitTorrent tracker’s visitors. The intruders found a vulnerability in the tracker’s software and used it to offload the infected files, leading to certain sections of world’s largest BitTorrent trackers being blocked by Firefox, Google and some virus scanners.
Torrent tracker websites, accounting for millions of visitors every day, have always been considered an appealing outlet for scammers, spammers and others dealing with malicious intent. A couple days ago The Pirate Bay has become a target of an attack committed by hackers having used an exploit in the tracker’s advertising server to offload infected files.
In a matter of minutes, some sections of the BitTorrent tracker were marked by Google as infected and were subsequently blocked. Firefox and a number of virus scanners showed similar warnings. Although the BitTorrent tracker itself didn’t host any infected files, the tracker’s advertisements were leading to some exploits and trojans.
Of course, those advertisements weren’t sanctioned by the BitTorrent site, but were planted there by targeting a vulnerability in The Pirate Bay’s advertisement server in order to spread the malicious files. Besides, The Pirate Bay was not the only target of intruders. In fact, a number of other large websites which ad servers are running on OpenX (popular advertisement serving platform based on phpAdsNew) have reported the same troubles recently. Apparently, the platform has some unpatched vulnerabilities.
The malicious advertisements found on the tracker linked to external domains where a number of exploits and trojans were hosted. As a result, The Pirate Bay was listed by Firefox, Google, and various virus scanners as a site containing viruses, so they warned users trying to access it.
Regular visitors to The Pirate Bay might remember that it’s not the first time it has been marked as infectious – such warnings have been issued before, each time related to malicious advertisements. Since it’s the only section of the website the third parties have access to, it seems to be quite a vulnerable element.
The Pirate Bay team was working hard to resolve the problem and in a couple of hours the Google’s warnings had already been lifted, while caution was still advised.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
September 21st, 2010Posted by:
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
|posted by (2010-09-22 00:46:07)|
|I wonder if these trojans, and the such like, may have been "dropped into" these adverts by those linked with the film and music industry in order to not only stop people accessing the file information from Google etc, but on the back end, be able to track the IP address of torrent users. To me this does not sound like a hackers dream ie offloading infected files without any purpose. It more sounds like a nasty little device to gather information about torrent users. And I know the malicious adverts were detected on other sites that were not BitTorrent sites, but that just makes the whole plot look a lot more like the music and film industry to me.|
|i bet your on the right track with that girl|
|posted by (2010-09-22 10:50:47)|
|I wonder if it's that crappy "anti-virus 2010" or whatever it's calling itself this week. I end up cleaning that from at least 1 person per month. Please advise people you know to run NoScript on Firefox so they're less likely to get hit by that code.|
|Would be very interesting if it was proven the MPAA or other did hire hackers; they did it before.|
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