Yahoo, Amazon, YouTube ‘Victims of Malvertising’

22nd September 2014 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

MalvertisingNew Delhi, 22nd Sept, 2014: ESET, a leading provider of proactive protection, has alerted the online community on a new mutating malware distributed through the online ad network adverts displayed on the most popular domains such as Yahoo, Amazon and Youtube.

The attack has been nicknamed Kyle and Stan, due to the naming scheme of the subdomains within the group – “stan.mxp2099.com” and “kyle.mxp2038.com”. These online ad malware is distributed via online advertising networks, basically by conning one of the large companies whose ads are seen on thousands of sites into forwarding an ad with a malicious payload.

The size of the attack is much larger than the 700 domains and nearly 10,000 users have hit these domains and been exposed to the malicious advertisements. This attack vector is not new, as the New York Times has previously fallen victim to a malvertising campaign – but that ‘Kyle and Stan’ takes a unique approach. The attack is extremely effective and delivers a unique malicious payload for every visitor, packaged with a legitimate media player, and a piece of malware which is tailored to each user.

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