Pornhub users hijacked by malvertising campaign infection

Pornhub users hijacked by malvertising campaign infection

Cyber criminals from KovCoreG group created fake security warnings and browser updates for the three most popular Windows browsers - Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft

Millions of PornHub users may have been infected with a computer virus, according to internet security experts.

Hackers have exposed “millions of potential victims in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia to malware” after hiding it in the site’s advertising supply chain, cybersecurity firm Proofpoint said.

The attack, which has been active for more than a year, was committed by a group known as KovCoreG, which attempted to infect browsers with the Kovter ad fraud malware.

Cyber criminals from KovCoreG group created advertising platforms to deliver fake security warnings and browser updates – known as malvertising – for the three most popular Windows browsers.

Hackers have exposed “millions of potential victims in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia” to malware” (Image: Moment Open)

They created fake advertisements that would appear as on the Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft browsers – telling users they needed to apply a critical update.

PornHub acted quickly when notified of the malvertising to protect users, Proofpoint said.

But advertising fraud is a huge concern, as criminals are increasingly attempting to hijack these platforms to inject malware into a large number of victims’ computers. PornHub acted quickly when notified of the malvertising to protect users, Proofpoint said

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