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More information about the Doubleclick / Zedo malvertizing incidents

October 1st 2014 in safety and privacy on the Internet

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/09/advertising-firms-struggle-to-kill-malvertisements/ Take particular note of the fact that only every 3rd to 100th ad was bad, making it very hard to catch the bad guys in the act. Also, this wasn’t a matter of a failure of due diligence when choosing to allow onto network. According to the report, one of the online tools that Zedo provides […]

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Silk Road pirate caught by CAPTCHA

October 1st 2014

Gotta laugh at the irony: captured thanks to CAPTCHA. http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/327646-the-dread-pirate-roberts-s-fatal-mistake

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Nasty malvertizing via doubleclick

October 1st 2014

Yep, it’s happened again – details here: https://blog.malwarebytes.org/malvertising-2/2014/09/googles-doubleclick-ad-network-abused-once-again-in-malvertising-attacks/ The days where people could say “only visit reputable sites and you’ll be safe” are well and truly gone.

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Google hit by malvertizing

September 23rd 2014

Sad to read this; its been a little while since we’ve read about such a big outbreak: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/09/google-stops-malicious-advertising-campaign-that-could-have-reached-millions/ So, what can you do to protect yourself between the time something like this hits, the ad networks or others identify it, and it gets shut down? Update **all** software on your computer and your operating system, […]

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Sometimes, CAPTCHA, you do my head in…

September 20th 2014

I have no idea how to answer this…

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web-sniffer.net is back again… temporarily?

September 1st 2014

Functionality *seems* to be back.  But, the site is still listed for sale, and WHOIS has changed. Registrant is now a “Leonard Quack” of “MenschDanke GmbH”, Berlin.  Previously the Registrant was a Mario Mueller of Lingo4you GbR, Machern. Hosting has changed too, from Sedoparking.com to Namespace4you.com Be warned, things could go south again.  The domain has […]

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It looks like web-sniffer.net is no more…

August 29th 2014

The domain is for sale, and it’s been taken over by sed0 parking.  If you go to the site you are automatically redirected to an advertising page.  To add insult to injury, using a USA IP address I was redirected to a fake java update page Google Search is reporting that the site is possibly […]

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The inventor of the pop-up apologises

August 16th 2014

http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/popup-ad-inventor-ethan-zuckerman-says-im-sorry/story-fnjwmwrh-1227026250240 His explanation for why the idea came to be is quite interesting.  “It was a way to associate an ad with a user’s page without putting it directly on the page, which advertisers worried would imply an association between their brand and the page’s content. Specifically, we came up with it when a major […]

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Spammers pressing the wrong button again….

August 15th 2014

Here’s a snippet of a spam comment I just found… { {I have|I’ve} been {surfing|browsing} online more than {three|3|2|4} hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. {It’s|It is} pretty worth enough for me. {In my opinion|Personally|In my view}, if all {webmasters|site owners|website owners|web owners} and bloggers made good content as you […]

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