ZDNet: Google removes 85 adware apps that were installed by millions of users

ZDNet: Google removes 85 adware apps that were installed by millions of users. “Google has removed 85 Android apps from the official Play Store that security researchers from Trend Micro deemed to contain a common strain of adware. The 85 apps had been downloaded over nine million times, and one app, in particular, named ‘Easy Universal TV Remote,’ was downloaded over five million times, according to researchers.”

The Register: How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign

The Register: How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign . “Security researchers at Check Point have lifted the lid on the infrastructure and methods of an enormous ‘malvertising’ and banking trojan campaign. The operation delivered malicious adverts to millions worldwide, slinging all manner of nasties including crypto-miners, ransomware and banking trojans.”

Ars Technica: Here’s why the epidemic of malicious ads grew so much worse last year

Ars Technica: Here’s why the epidemic of malicious ads grew so much worse last year. “Last year brought a surge of sketchy online ads to the Internet that tried to trick viewers into installing malicious software. Even credit reporting service Equifax was caught redirecting its website visitors to a fake Flash installer just a few weeks after reports of a data breach affecting as many as 145.5 million US consumers. Now, researchers have uncovered one of the forces driving that spike-a consortium of 28 fake ad agencies.”

Washington Post: Hackers have turned Politifact’s website into a trap for your PC

Washington Post: Hackers have turned Politifact’s website into a trap for your PC . “PolitiFact has been an invaluable resource for debunking politicians’ misstatements and falsehoods. But now, it seems, some unknown actor is trying to profit off the website’s popularity — by hooking visitors’ computers into a virtual currency mining operation. The hack was discovered Friday by security researcher Troy Mursch, who noticed that visiting Politifact.com caused his computer’s CPU to run at its maximum capacity.”

BetaNews: PornHub users hit by sustained, targeted malvertising campaign

BetaNews: PornHub users hit by sustained, targeted malvertising campaign. “Millions of PornHub users in the US, UK, Canada and Australia were targeted by a malicious advertising campaign lasting for more than a year. The malvertising attack tried to trick users of the world’s most popular porn site into installing fake browser updates.”