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Malware Attack Strikes a Popular Magazine’s Website

A malware attack has struck publishing platform WordPress causing some renowned websites to be affected, including one of Reader's Digest the magazine much sought after, says Malwarebytes the IT security company.

The malware, when infects websites, contaminates the PCs of users who may just do so much as viewing the pages, provided they're browsing with obsolete editions of Adobe Flash, Internet Explorer alternatively other software programs that may be prone to attack.

As per Jerome Segura Researcher at Malwarebytes, the malware attack likely is some time on; however, there has been steep rise in contaminations during the last couple of weeks. The attack is still continuing and already several thousand websites are contaminated and several dozens extra are impacted daily, Segura states. Techweekeurope.co.uk reported this, December 1, 2015.

Segura further explains that the malware in the attack is introduced into hijacked WordPress websites which introduce another URL that would ultimately plant the Angler EK. Itproportal.com reported this, November 27, 2015.

Segura continues that the malware or URLs introduced into websites will change with the passage of time, albeit the process will be same always. Reader's Digest the popular magazine has its website turned into a victim while those visiting the portal in the near future must ensure they are free from the infection.

It's reported that the malware contaminated one web-page of Reader's Digest with a particular ad article; however, it may as well have attacked other web-pages and hijacked them. The Reader's Digest case is significant with respect to the attack because more than 3m readers visit the website every month.

The above kind of advertising with malware called malvertising occurs clandestinely at the time of drive-by download assaults when the end-user doesn't realize he has been infected. For the Reader's Digest incident, attackers have served the Bedep ad-fraud that re-emerged during 2015 after it was directly employed within different assaults serving attack toolkits. Bedep then installs backdoor Trojan Necurs which lets attackers load any malware they may choose on the victim's PC.

In conclusion, experts emphasize that Web-surfers may regard it safe not to go to the website of Reader's Digest for some time.

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