Readers of the Daily Mail’s website were shown fake advertisements that linked to malware, a security company has discovered. Bogus ads for shoes briefly appeared among the selection of banners displayed on DailyMail.com. Instead of online shops, the advertisements linked to malware that can expose computers to “ransomware”.
Ransomware encrypts files on a victim’s computer and asks for a payment to decrypt them again. The practice is known as “malvertising”.
Security company Malwarebytes made the discovery last week and published a report about its findings online.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: BBC Technology