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You’ve been Drudged! Malware-squirting ads appear on websites with 100+ million visitors

Internet lowlives who used Yahoo! ads to infect potentially countless PCs with malware have struck again — using adverts on popular websites to reach millions more people.

Security researchers at MalwareBytes this week discovered the crooks running another massive campaign of ads that use the Angler Exploit Kit to infiltrate Windows PCs via vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and web browsers.

Prominent websites including the Drudge Report and Weather.com — a pair of sites whose total traffic alone amounts to nearly 200 million visits per month — were apparently inadvertently carrying the ads, putting millions of netizens at risk.

MalwareBytes said the network carrying the ads, AdSpirit, was notified, and it has since taken down the offending adverts. The campaign has now moved to AOL’s ad network, with dodgy adverts appearing on eBay, we’re told — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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