Angler Exploit kit

Smashing Security podcast #124: Poisoned porn ads, the A word, and why why why Wipro?

The hacker who lived the high life after spreading malware via porn sites, Wipro demonstrates how to turn a cybersecurity crisis into a PR disaster, and why are humans listening in to your Alexa conversations?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by special guest Brian Honan.

High-rolling hacker jailed after launching malware attacks via porn websites

A British man has been jailed for over six years after exploiting ad networks on pornographic websites to spread malware onto innocent users’ computers.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

The AdGholas malvertising network was using steganography, researchers reveal

The AdGholas malvertising network planted malicious ads on popular sites including The New York Times and The Verge.

David Bisson reports.

Perez Hilton website visitors hit by two malvertising attacks in same week

Visitors to the immensely popular celebrity gossip blogging website Perez Hilton have recently been struck by ransomware attacks pushed out via poisoned ads.

David Bisson reports.

Visitors to TV station websites targeted in malvertising attack

The Angler exploit kit is once again leveraged by online criminals in an attempt to infect innocent computer users.

David Bisson reports.

Fake social button code on websites attacks visitors via the Angler exploit kit

Researchers have spotted fake social buttons plugins that attackers are using to compromise websites and redirect visitors to the Angler exploit kit.

David Bisson reports.

CryptXXX ransomware steals bitcoins and data from infected PCs

Researchers have discovered a new ransomware variant that has close ties to the group behind the Angler Exploit Kit, Bedep malware, and Reveton ransomware.

David Bisson reports.

Uh-oh Lenovo. PC maker pushes out malicious Angler exploit kit

Attackers recently compromised the start page used by Lenovo PC customers in order to redirect users to the malicious Angler exploit kit.

David Bisson reports.

Crypto-ransomware spreads via poisoned ads on major websites

Famous sites which displayed the malicious ads and endangered visiting computers include MSN,, the New York Times, AOL and Newsweek.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Angler Exploit Kit updated to target PCs and Macs with Silverlight attack

PC and Mac users are being advised to ensure that their computers are updated with the latest security patches, following the discovery that the notorious Angler exploit kit is taking advantage of a known vulnerability in Microsoft’s Silverlight technology.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Malvertising campaign used Wajam browser extension to infect PCs

The malicious Angler exploit kit is being distributed via malvertising campaigns, with help from a browser add-on that injects ads into webpages.

David Bisson reports.

Skype users hit by ads spreading malicious Angler exploit kit

You don’t have to be using a web browser to be hit by malvertising.

David Bisson reports.

Readers of celebrity gossip site TMZ hit by malvertising campaign

The celebrity gossip website TMZ has become the latest victim of an ongoing malvertising campaign that redirects visitors to the malicious Angler exploit kit.

David Bisson reports.

Malware found on Guardian article that asks if cybercrime is out of control

Oh the irony.

An article on The Guardian website discussing whether cybercrime is out of control is redirecting users to the malicious Angler exploit kit, and infecting visiting PCs.

David Bisson reports.

$30 million ransomware campaign derailed as Angler Exploit Kit operations disrupted

The internet is a little bit safer today, and that is something we should all be grateful for.

The reason? Security researchers have taken on organised criminal gangs who have been using the notorious Angler Exploit Kit in malware campaigns stealing up to $3 million each month through ransomware attacks.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.