In a week filled with malware attacks, Apple’s App Store and a Google Play app, here comes swing number three. Security firm FireEye is reporting the popular website Forbes.com was hit with a malvertising attack that redirected visitors to exploit kits. The company informed Forbes who has since fixed the issue but the damage is already done.
From Sept. 8 to Sept. 15, 2015, the Forbes.com website was serving content from a third-party advertising service that had been manipulated to redirect viewers to the Neutrino and Angler exploit kits. We notified Forbes, who worked quickly to correct the issue. This type of malicious redirection is known as malvertising, where ad networks and content publishers are abused and leveraged to serve ads that redirect users to malicious sites.
— FireEye (@FireEye) September 22, 2015
This malvertising attack is probably as good a reason to use ad blocker software as any. Almost any website is vulnerable to these types of attacks of course the larger the site the more prone to targeting they are. These types of malvertising attacks can be potentially huge if enough people click and start spreading the malware throughout the Internet.
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