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More information about the malvertizements that appeared on guardian.co.uk and electronicsnews.com.au

April 27th 2009 in Uncategorized

There are two malvertizements that I highlighted, being:


The 300×250 malvert touches hit-detect.com and measurehits.com.
The 728×90 malvert touches ydmstats.com and measurehits.com.



We go from measurehits.com to crustat.com.

From there we go to one of several different domains:

free-webscaners.com/<<redacted>> <— fraudware domain


If a victim is redirected to olinredr2.com then they end up at pyani.com,then offer-provider.com.  offer-provider.com is a fraudware domain touting fake security software under various names such as "SpywareRemover" and "VirusRemover2009" and "AntiSpywareSolution 2009".

If a victim is redirected to truconv.com then they end up at total-virusprotection.com, another fraudware domain.

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