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YouTube ads spread banking malware

Security researchers at Bromium have discovered that hackers were spreading malware onto computers while unsuspecting users were watching YouTube videos.

The drive-by-download attack was distributed via adverts shown on the YouTube website, and used an exploit kit to infect Windows PCs with a version of the Caphaw banking Trojan.


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Bitcoin-mining linked to malware spread by Yahoo ads

Some of the malware spread over the New Year period via poisoned Yahoo ads was designed to mine the Bitcoin virtual currency.

One security company claims it stopped the attack days before it became public knowledge, but they didn’t tell anyone until now.


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Malware strikes thousands of Yahoo users via poisoned adverts

Thousands of visitors to the Yahoo website were attacked by malware, spread via poisoned adverts in recent days.


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Brightest Flashlight Free – the Android app that secretly sent user location to advertisers

Tens of millions of Android users have installed the Brightest Flashlight Free app, not realising that the app engaged in dirty tricks to share information about users’ location and devices with advertisers without consent.


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LG fumbles response to Smart TV spying revelation, withdraws Smart Ad video

Here’s the video that LG doesn’t want you to see.

See for yourself what the firm may have been planning to do with its Smart Ad technology, which can snoop on your TV watching behaviour.


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How to stop Google using your face and name in adverts

Google is going to allow companies to use your name and face as an endorsement in adverts.

Here’s how to stop it.


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Facebook Video Ads hoax, starring Mark Zuckerberg, continues to spread

A hoax chain letter is being spread across Facebook, between users who believe that the social network is asking their opinion about whether it should implemention video adverts or not.


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Seeing ads on Wikipedia? You may have malware

Wikipedia warns its millions of users about how cybercriminals can inject adverts into webpages.


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The Legend of Zelda and dirty tricks by Android apps in the Google Play store

Shady tricks by Android apps, as coders steal intellectual property and introduce excessively aggressive advertising frameworks to make money.


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Volkswagen wants you to know that its website hasn’t been hacked

The general public’s awareness of website hacking has reached incredible levels if it’s now being used as a joke by advertisers.


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Not the real Firefox 7 website – be wary of Google’s search results

If you’re keen to download Firefox 7, please make sure that you download it from the correct website.

Good advice as someone steals second place for “Firefox 7” in Google’s search results.


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Malware-spiked adverts hit Star Tribune website

Read more in my article at Naked Security.


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