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Ztorg: money for infecting your smartphone

This research started when we discovered an infected Pokémon GO guide in Google Play. It was there for several weeks and was downloaded more than 500,000 times. We detected the malware as Trojan.AndroidOS.Ztorg.ad. After some searching, I found some other similar infected apps that were being distributed from the Google Play Store. The first of them, called
Publish At:2017-05-15 13:40 | Read:867 | Comments:0 | Tags:Analysis Featured Publications advertisement Google Android

AdLoad: an advertisement bombarder

While looking into an infection associated with a “system optimizer”—Didn’t we say they’re digital snake oil?—we identified a multi-functional installer called FAsetup1.exe (md5 902e30fa3dc4bf543b523b4a41eb8acd) as the source. This file offers a variety of different bundlers and scams that are usually different every time you run the
Publish At:2016-04-06 21:35 | Read:945 | Comments:0 | Tags:PUPs Threat analysis adload advertisement fake alert Malware

Hanjuan EK’s ‘March Madness’ malvertising campaign

The lesser known and stealthy Hanjuan Exploit Kit, which for almost two months was using a Flash Player zero-day (CVE-2015-0313) to infect unsuspecting users, has been quite active again during the past couple of weeks. The current malvertising campaign stems from the Engage:BDR ad network and has affected several high profile sites: nydailynews.com metacaf
Publish At:2015-03-25 02:35 | Read:1078 | Comments:0 | Tags:Exploits advertisement CVE-2015-0313 exploit hanjuan malvert

Major malvertising campaign hits sites with combined total monthly traffic of 1.5bn visitors

Last year was a busy year for malvertising with top rank ad networks such as Google’s DoubleClick caught in large scale attacks, and popular sites unwillingly infecting their visitors because of malicious advertisements. And 2015 is getting off a rough start was well. As Nick Bilogorskiy from Cyphort reported earlier this week, a new campaign has been
Publish At:2015-01-08 14:35 | Read:3499 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malvertising advertisement exploit malvertising news website

Twitter will now Track EVERY App You have Installed on Your Smartphone

Like Facebook and Google, Twitter will soon be collecting your smartphone data in order to provide a "more personal Twitter experience" by serving targeted advertisements.The popular microblogging service Twitter said Wednesday that it will start collecting information about the other applications its users have installed onto their smartphones or tablet in
Publish At:2014-11-27 13:00 | Read:2007 | Comments:0 | Tags:advertisement Android android app development ios apps mobil

From the horse's mouth: brands leaking your information open the door to effective spearphishing

A few months ago, I requested an online quote for some home repairs. The recipient was a very well-known company here in US. The service I got actually was very good. Under my explicit approval the company kept my email address and has been sending me several promotions that I had signed up to. However, the latest one was unusual - it arrived with at least
Publish At:2014-11-03 20:00 | Read:1283 | Comments:0 | Tags:Blog Incidents advertisement Cybercrime Email Social Enginee

Malicious Google DoubleClick Advertisements Distributed Malware to Millions of Computers

Cyber criminals have exploited the power of two online advertising networks, Google's DoubleClick and popular Zedo advertising agency, to deliver malicious advertisements to millions of internet users that could install malware on a user's computer.A recent report published by the researcher of the security vendor Malwarebytes suggests that the cyber crimina
Publish At:2014-09-21 15:10 | Read:1516 | Comments:0 | Tags:advertisement computer virus Cyber Criminal Google Adsense G

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