Attackers Buy Real Ads for Fake Websites


Web intrusion goes upscale with paid campaigns on popular sites.

The security blog reports that a recent global malware attack actually used paid ads on some well-known websites and ad networks. According to senior security researcher Jérôme Segura, attackers posed as legitimate ad buyers and constructed elaborate but fake websites advertising real estate, security software, stock market tips, and other services typically found in web ads. A user who clicked on the ad was subjected to an attack through the notorious Angler Exploit Kit.

The attack ran for three weeks and is known to have appeared on sites such as eBay UK,,, and several prime porn destinations.


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