Ransomware Dispersed Through AdsBlaster Virus

Refined cybercriminals are now using adverts to install malware into users’ computers. The latest discovery is using infected advertisements which manipulate a defect in the Flash Player to set up malware.

A defect is being used by cybercriminals to install malware in users’ computers. To be able to hide the malware, the programmers of the infection are using other techniques like links that are infected along with adverts instead of regular e-mails.

The reason the malware is being installed through advertisements is because not many folks would suspects that the advertisement which is on a large site, and looks valid can be carrying malware. One other reasons why adverts are being used by the cyber criminals is really because they may use a large marketing agent to distribute their malware. The advertisements will be placed by the adverts company in large sites and that’s how sites like Huffington post were changed via this infection.

Ransomware is malware that was created to trick the user into paying a ransom. It is software that’s been designed have the user pay a ransom for its removal to avoid some kind of damage being visited on the user’s computer and to threaten the user.

An example of ransomware is malware and it threatens arrest and prosecution when it finds music. The user is subsequently requested to create a payment to the criminals. Other kinds of ransomware threaten unless the consumer pays the cybercriminal to delete files.

The recent discovery unmasked an operation which has been ongoing for three months. The effort might thus have changed millions of users of popular and trusted sites such as Answer.com.

Cybersecurity pros looking into the problem of the infections have discovered the flaws being manipulated were a second alternative. The very first alternative for the programmers of this malware was a defect in windows. Windows worked flaws there and move on quickly to Adobe when it patched that.

One might ask how the ransomware was able to go for undetected three months. Well, it seems the cybercriminals had expected that security experts were going to trap their malware in a virtual container to study it. When the malware detected a virtual container, it hence went past the virtual container and refrained from dropping its infection not detected. The ransomware would simply deploy when it knew it was infecting a user PC and not a lab computer that could study its behaviour.