PornHub Visitors May Have Been Infected by Hackers

13 2017. Capitalizing on spying tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency hackers staged a cyber assault with a

Cybersecurity screening of the world's biggest porn website (PornHub) discovered that the site's advertising network was infected by malware that has been attacking visitors for over a year. And although most of us practice safe browsing, with plenty of virus protection to guard us, our personal information, and our computers, the reality is that with advanced viruses created by hackers like the group supposedly responsible for this attack, KovCoreG, it's becoming increasingly more hard to know if you've been infected. This type of malware attack is capable of infecting Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge/Internet Explorer. If they downloaded and opened the file itinstalled Kovter, taking over their machine and using it to click on fake adverts.

A malvertising attack on users of the website Pornhub potentially exposed customers, according to online security outfit Proofpoint.

According to security firm Proofpoint a recent malware attack "exposed millions of potential victims in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia".

"Regardless, threat actors are following the money and looking to more effective combinations of social engineering, targeting, and pre-filtering to infect new victims at scale", they explained.

Malvertising campaigns are a popular way for malware authors to spread their infections, said Javvad Malik, security advocate at AlienVault.

Proofpoint said it informed Pornhub of the malware, which was immediately removed. "This has led to an upturn in the number of reputable organisations distributing malvertising".

Attacks on pornography sites are particularly useful for cyber-criminals, as many users are unlikely to report issues on sites such as this as they would rather keep certain elements of their browsing habits private.



Other news