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Google and Microsoft tricked into serving malware ads

By Emil ยท 12 replies
Dec 13, 2010
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  1. Two major online ad networks, Google's advertising subsidiary DoubleClick and Microsoft's MSN ads service, were found to be serving malware via drive-by download exploits over the last week. A group of attackers tricked the networks into displaying their ads by impersonating ADShuffle.com, an online advertising technology firm.

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  2. This is why ff with adblock plus is a must. Its not that the ads are as over the top as they use to be but an untrusted third party can run code on my machine. Also chrome with adblock plus won't work. It is my understanding that chrome still downloads the ads than doesn't display the ads. Chrome's version is more like adhide plus.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,578   +3,754

    Oh, it gets Worse....?

    Up to now, I thought the "DoubleClick. net" Tracking cookies WERE the malware!

    It's an honest mistake actually, so does all my security software.

    No script approval for you DoubleClick.....

    Yeah but look how fast Chrome it! Doesn't that make up for it? Google's ads just need a bit of tweaking. IE,"malware loaded unto your computer faster than any other browser": or maybe, "Chrome excels at making you PC unwell". Then there's always, "Chrome is so fast, your PC won't know what hit it"...! :rolleyes:
  4. well can someone from google come over and fix my computer?
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,578   +3,754

    No, but would you mind if they stopped by to photograph your house?
  6. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,526   +416

    While unfortunate for those infected, I'm glad it wasn't just google, or wasn't just microsoft. That way people can't lampoon just one of the companies without being pegged as turning a blind eye to what they consider the more favorable company.
  7. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 512   +8

    adblock i a must have =D. BTW to be honest all the time i close ads on youtube (because is the only ads i see thx to adblock <3) im like "who the * reads this things, even more important do they work?" because for me is only the thingy i close to look the video well.
  8. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 648


    I'm pretty sure everyone reads them. Even in the instant you try to close the ad, you've read it. And yes it works, it turns out that ad marketing is extremely effective, so much so, that entire businesses are based and thrive on it.
  9. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 575   +73

  10. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Just shows that we should always take our online security seriously. Even the major players and our trusted sites can get compromised. Some days I think World Wide Web should also mean Wild Wild West.
  11. I can't imagine surfing without FF +ABP (along with anti-malware software). At first it was for obnoxious ads, now it's for obnoxious ads and malvertising. Every now and then I need to use IE 8, and I'm appalled by what I see on web pages.
  12. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +53

    You're never too big to get stung eh....Bloody wasps, what are they like? :)
  13. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 263

    Now we can lampoon both companies instead! Apple users rejoice!

    Seriously, I've never trusted those ad services anyways. The ads they post always look shady to me.

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