Malicious Ads Infect Thousands
According to a blog post on Trend Micro’s website, a rash of malicious ads spreading crypto ransomware may have exposed tens of thousands of web users in the past 72 hours.
The post states that many popular web sites like the New York Times, BBC, AOL and MSN were injected with ads that try to install ransomware along with other malware on the computers of visitors to their website.
Malwarebytes, is saying that many more high profile sites including my.xfinity.com, nfl.com, realtor.com, theweathernetwork.com, thehill.com, and newsweek.com, have also been affected.
It also appears that some adtech companies were affected by this as well. Names like Google, Appnexus, AOL, and Rubicon were unkowningly part of the delivery engine. The malicious ads seem to be tied to two suspicious domain names, including trackmytraffic.biz and talk915.pw.
Unfortunately, this has become the inevitable norm in the digital landscape. Criminals will always be looking for a way to infect end users systems. While the problem continues to be worked on, this incident underscores the need for all web users to keep their systems up-to-date. While not a complete solution, this at least will make it more difficult.