Ads Delivering Malware to Force-Deliver Artificial Anti-Virus Malware Onto Personal Computers!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 04/21/2009 - 12:19pm.

Banner ads hoisting bogus AV scamware on unsuspectioning users...

Users in our security forum have discovered that advertisements delivered via the website have been using popup malware to force-deliver artificial anti-virus malware onto the PCs of unsuspecting visitors (of which Fox has countless millions). One of our more skilled scambusters and "malvertising" gurus has further dissected (with photos) the exact scumware delivery mechanism at work here -- and notes that users don't even need to click on an ad banner at the website in order to get infected. The vsm_free_setup.exe forced download the ads are instituting originates from Russia or the Ukraine, and appears to involve a keylogger.

Carl Bode - April 20, 2009 - source DSLReports

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 04/21/2009 - 12:19pm.