I received an email tonight warning me that a Diane Samuels from forceup.com is contacting web sites wanting to place an advertising banner. I was contacted by those behind a web site with checks in place that identified the advertising banner as “a virus of some sort”.
The creative’s name was firstchoise_728x90.swf.
“Diane Samuels” did not respond to emails from the web site’s staff once they discovered that the advertisement was bad – a failure to respond is standard operating procedure for the b*stards behind the malicious advertisements – if they get caught by one web site, they just move on to the next one.
Forceup.com is a well known name to those of us who watch and report on malicious banner advertisements – if you search this blog for that name you will find that forceup is mentioned nine times.
First, I am *very* pleased that the intended victim site’s checks and balances alerted them to a problem, aka “a virus of some sort”.
Second, I am *very* pleased that the creative was detected as a virus.
Third, I have a copy of the actual creative that I can analyse it and report on, and provide screenshots.
An analysis of the creative at adopstools reveals that the creative contains “a sprite/movieclip which is containing Malware actionScript code”.
Here are screenshots of the advertisement provided by forceup.com – you have been warned.
If I receive further information I will blog again.