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Fake jquery campaign leads to malvertising and ad fraud schemes

Recently we became aware of new domains used by an old malware campaign known as ‘fake jquery’, previously documented by web security firm Sucuri. Thousands of compromised websites are injected with a reference to an external JavaScript called jquery.js. However, there is something quite elusive about this campaign with regards to its payload. Indeed, to many researchers the … [Read more...]

Plugin vulnerabilities exploited in traffic monetization schemes

In their Website Hack Trend Report, web security company Sucuri noted that WordPress infections rose to 90 percent in 2018. One aspect of Content Management System (CMS) infections that is sometimes overlooked is that attackers not only go after the CMSes themselves—WordPress, Drupal, etc.—but also third-party plugins and themes. While plugins are useful in providing additional features for … [Read more...]

Good bots, bad bots: friend or foe?

One of the most talked about technologies online today is the ubiquitous bot. Simultaneously elusive yet also responsible for all of civilisation’s woes, bots are a hot topic of contention. If we went purely by news reports, we’d assume all bots everywhere are evil, and out to get us (or just spreading memes). We’d also assume every single person we ever disagreed with online is a bot.  It might … [Read more...]

Teamwork takes down massive ad fraud botnets

On November 27th 2018, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of 8 individuals involved in a major ad fraud case that cost digital advertisers millions of dollars. The operation, dubbed “3ve“, was the combination of the Boaxxe and Kovter botnets which the FBI, in collaboration with the private sector, was able to dismantle. The US CERT advisory indicates that 3ve was … [Read more...]

Exosrv.com, an ad server for adult sites, tops Malwarebytes detections

There is a belief that most of what you’ll find on adult websites is going to harm your system. In many cases, this has proven to be true, but overall the adult industry has made numerous efforts to protect their customers and audience. While we would like to tell you that it’s completely safe to surf adult websites these days, we do still need to stay vigilant. That’s why … [Read more...]