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Millions of PornHub visitors 'exposed' to browser update malware

Millions of PornHub visitors 'exposed' to browser update malware”

Pornhub, the world's most popular adult website that boasts over 26 billion satisfied visitors each year, played host to a form of malware that "exposed millions of potential victims in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia" to infection for more than a year.

Well, if you are you might have got more than you bargained for recently, as the Kovter malware was spread via poisoned ads served up by the X-rated adult PornHub site.

The malvertising group behind the latest campaign, nicknamed KovCoreG by the researchers, used their ads on the porn site to redirect users to a scam site that asked them to download a browser update.

The malware infected the victim's system by masquerading as fake updates for popular browsers including Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Edge - as either a "critical" update for the browser itself, or for software such as Adobe Flash. "For users that pass these filters, the chain delivers a page containing heavily obfuscated JavaScript identical to that used by Neutrino and NeutrAds".

Yahoo was also found to be displaying the malicious ads on its main website, yahoo.com, but as of last week they appeared to have been removed, independent security site ExecuteMalware said.

"We are pleased that following our notification, the site and advertising network abused in this particular attack worked swiftly to remove the infected content and keep visitors safe", he concluded.

Surfers who have been visiting PornHub could have been hit by a major "malvertising" campaign which has been underway for over a year now.

PornHub is yet to comment on the Proofpoint claims.

"This discovery underscores that threat actors follow the money and continue to flawless combinations of social engineering, targeting, and pre-filtering to infect new victims".

Although ad fraud was the name of the game this time, the payload could easily have been changed to infect users with ransomware, or information-stealers, Epstein added.

"Once again, we see actors exploiting the human factor even as they adapt tools and approaches to a landscape in which traditional exploit kit attacks are less effective".

"This discovery underscores that threat actors follow the money and continue to ideal combinations of social engineering, targeting, and pre-filtering to infect new victims, Proofpoint added".



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