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Pornhub Website Hacked, Visitors Click Adverts, Become Infected With Virus


'Pornhub' website users are being alerted of a malware assault that could hack their computers for unwelcome outcomes. Apparently one sneaky, dangerous advert is active on the pornography website since one year and more. The malicious ad so dupes visitors that they even without knowing load phony software update so the attackers can gain access to their PCs that enable them to open the adverts which actually disseminate a virus devoid of the users' knowledge.


Evidently, during the hack, the site visitors first get to see fake web-pages providing certain software updates, in particular, of Google's Chrome browser. Unfortunately, if these updates get downloaded to then run them, it results in infection of the systems with the virus known as 'Kovter.' The virus dangerously steals the users' private data. Such an attack is called a malvertising assault as its function is for disseminating further dubious adverts created for trapping more victims.


The described malicious software has been conventionally employed to fraudulently trap users and exploit them for generating money by making them click open phony ads. Within a few instances, a "ckickbot" gets loaded that subsequently asks as well as connects with arbitrary adverts over the Internet. According to Proofpoint, fake adverts appeared on potential victims' computer screens advising that they should click for taking down a Flash update but when they did so their PCs got infected. News.com posted this on the Web dated October 11, 2017.


Potential victims are fooled with fake offers of some update of Adobe Flash or OS, while making them do as per the instructions in the pop-up boxes only to make them continue doing what they were engaged in. The hack along with the subsequent virus is not related to the fact about Pornhub existing for supplying adult videos free of charge, while the hack possibly is happening with other websites as well. Instead it is related to the fact about coming from a web-page which puts users in a more vulnerable position because they're not so much chanced with reporting such assaults as well as because the website has so many visitors.

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