Porn Sites Hit By Malware Hidden In Adverts

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One security firm have claimed that a campaign of malware hidden inside online ads has now featured on porn sites, after originally affecting search engine Yahoo.

The firm, Malwarebytes, claimed that the adverts were for a service called ‘Sex Messenger’, that then also enabled people to distinguish if the user was an actual person or a bot.

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The ads, which have now been removed, appeared on one of the most popular porn sites, Xhamster, which is the 71st most visited website in the world according to Alexa.

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Speaking to Tech Week Europe, Malwarebytes security consultant Jerome Segura stated:

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There’s this idea that adult sites are more dangerous to visit than ‘regular’ sites.

I don’t believe it’s entirely true especially for the top sites because they do dedicate a lot of resources to fighting fraud and malware.

Based on what we have seen in the past months as far as malvertising goes, we have seen just as many top mainstream publishers as pornographic ones.

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Malware works by firstly determining if a user is running Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, and then directing the user to a fraudulent page.

The ‘malvertising’ can then install ransomware on to a victim’s machine, and will load a report of false criminal activity and then give directions on how to pay the subsequent fine.


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