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Cracked.com, Popular Comedy Website, Infected with Malware

According to Barracuda Labs, the humor website Cracked .com, which's one of the 300 highly visited websites within USA, likely astonished visitors during the 2nd-week of November 2013.

The security company states that beginning 10th November 2013, which was a Sunday, hackers hijacked the website to float their exploit toolkit namely Nuclear Pack on it.

Principal Research Scientist Daniel Peck of Barracuda Labs described Cracked.com as continued to remain contaminated from November 11, 2013, if not earlier, albeit the hackers might've gained admission into the website starting the beginning of 1st-week of November 2013, reported SCMagazne.com dated November 13, 2013.

Peck explained that the toolkit's exploits got delivered via one malevolent JavaScript inserted into cracked.com. Following an examination of the threat, the security company's researchers became doubtful when the malicious software issued requests aiming one freshly established domain known as crackedcdm.com created on 4th November 2013.

Peck added that end-users working with flaw prone Adobe Flash/Java or PDF application were amidst people who might've got affected the current week.

Meanwhile, in a similar hijacked malware-serving website case in USA recently, jaqueira.pe.gov.br for Brazil's Jaqueira prefecture, one renowned government site of Brazil became the target of hackers who used it for serving malware, as per Webroot another security company.

And with hackers successfully attacking Brazilian government sites every week, it's clearly demonstrated of these sites as highly vulnerable.

Webroot states that the jaqueira.pe.gov.br site is simply listed among the many ten Brazil hosted sites that were hijacked as well as designed for delivering the fake update of Adobe's Flash Player. Some sixty three more websites have been discovered as harboring the identical malware.

When users access the compromised sites, they're diverted onto one copycat Adobe site for supposedly downloading Flash Player. Apparently, it's Brazilian users who're targeted in the attack because the fake site comes in Portuguese language.

But, rather than get the Flash Player, a Trojan installer infects the users that in turn pulls down one banker malware onto their systems.

Experts urge that end-users make their systems up-to-date with the latest anti-virus versions to remain protected within both instances.

» SPAMfighter News - 23-11-2013

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