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Get malware when clicking on ads?

Monday, December 6, 2021 13:35 PM (GMT+7)

According to security researchers, there are currently quite a few advertising campaigns being deployed to spread malware.

Cybercriminals are constantly analyzing and finding new ways to exploit user data. In the past, phishing attacks usually started when a victim clicked on malicious links, however, as a recent Cisco report says, crooks are turning to using ads to spread malware. .

Cisco calls this malicious campaign “Magnat,” which uses online advertising to trick users into downloading malware. The team believes that this campaign was started at the end of 2018 and targets users in Canada, US, Australia and several other European countries.

When the user clicks on the ad, the system will start downloading the malware. These software are designed to steal passwords, collect user login information, for example, Redline or MagnatBackdoor (allowing crooks to remotely access the victim’s device via Remote Desktop protocol). ).

The final piece of the malware trio is a Chrome browser extension, called MagnatExtension, which is used to take screenshots containing sensitive information…

Cisco believes that Magnat tools have been in development and improvement for several years and show no signs of slowing down. Installer names are constantly evolving and often refer to the names of popular apps to build credibility and trick users.


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