Malware Alarm Attacks the Site of Whitepage
Security expert and blogger Sandi Hardmeier has uncovered the problem in Sensis and Telstra (Australian operator) owned whitepages.com.au. The problem is that the visitors of this site have been the MalwareAlarm flash advertisements hijackings victims, as reported by GEEKZONE.
The site and the Australian Yellow pages - another high potential Website - is displaying ads that automatically takes the users to a third party harmful Website that intends to install malware on user's PC.
Hardmeier informed that a Flash advertisement displayed on the site carries malware that takes the users from the site to a Website which sells MalwareAlarm, as per the news by Itnews on November 14, 2007.
Hardmeier further said that as soon as the Flash ad comes on the site, the page gets redirected to site of MalwareAlarm without any user interaction. Ironically, it persuades users to think that they have a virus on their PC and appears to search the system and caught the virus which doesn't really exist. He claimed that finally considering the product, it offers itself to clean the system for approximately US$20-US$80.
As per some security experts, it is has become quite obvious that cyber criminals involved with unpopular sites like prevedmarketing.com, mysurvey4you and blessedads.com were behind these attacks.
When the ad, through which redirection occurs, is installed, the victim's system is automatically hijacked. It then picks up a route via different kinds of sites, which are only known to people who deals with harmful banner ads for some time.
Sandi cautioned that if a redirection appears, the users should simply not click on the page. He informs on trying to close the page, a very authentic type of appear telling that scan is incomplete. Sandi just suggested to just click the X mark and the page would be finally closed. He also said that he would be happy to know that these ads can no longer be used even through direct URL.
As per Sandi, in past few weeks, these ads are appearing all over the world with tvguide.com and the economist.com suffering huge outbreak. Further, officials informed that they have removed the Flash banner ads of Skyauction.com from the site of White pages immediately after noticing it.
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