*SPAM* [funsec] More info on malware-scan.com ads on newspaper Web sites

Larry Seltzer Larry at larryseltzer.com
Sat Nov 10 18:19:51 CST 2007

I reported on something similar at Ynetnews (see http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/2007/11/and_suddenly_some_strange_site.php) about a week ago. I wonder if it's the same ad network.

The Ynet attacks persist. They knew about it probably at least 10 days ago and I saw it again yesterday, this time in Firefox. 
Larry Seltzer
eWEEK.com Security Center Editor
Contributing Editor, PC Magazine
larry.seltzer at ziffdavisenterprise.com

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Subject: *SPAM* [funsec] More info on malware-scan.com ads on newspaper Web sites

Holy sh**.



Maliciously coded online ad caused Star's Web site problems

By Jack Gillum


Tucson, Arizona | Published: 11.03.2007


A maliciously coded online advertisement was responsible for causing problems for Tucson Newspapers' Web sites this week, the company said Friday.


The ads, which the company said were purchased with a fraudulent credit-card number, directed some Web visitors to sites that could have installed harmful software, or "malware."


The problem was reported Wednesday by the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality, which advised its employees not to visit the Arizona Daily Star Web site over computer-safety concerns. When their employees visited the Star's site, anti-virus software alerted them of trouble.


The fraudulent ad purchase was discovered Wednesday and the ad was removed Thursday, said Susan Hardin, director of online for Tucson Newspapers, which is jointly owned by the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen newspapers.


Hardin said the ads in question were bought by a company called ForceUp, which could not be reached for comment because a phone number for the company at an Idaho area code was disconnected, and an e-mail contact form was inaccessible.


Affected users were redirected to a different site and then presented with fake virus-scanning software that was itself malicious software.


Hardin recommends that users block access to malwarealarm.com, newbieadguide.com, and malware-scan.com, and delete infected files from a computer's PC and Windows registry.


Tucson Newspapers previously said that some video advertisements may have been the problem. But as of Friday, the company narrowed down the problem to the suspect ads, which Hardin said were up in the morning hours for the last 10 to 18 days.


"This hasn't happened before, and our people reacted very quickly," said Tucson Newspapers President and CEO Mike Jameson. "We'll just have to be more vigilant in the future about these things."


The ad, Tucson Newspapers said, circulated to other newspaper sites across the country.


● Contact reporter Jack Gillum at 573-4178 or at jgillum at azstarnet.com.


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