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‫ Malwarebytes flags fake Flash update

ID: IRCNE2013081928
Date: 2013-08-18
 
According to “ITPro”, security firm Malwarebytes has sounded the alarm on a new bogus Flash Player update which causes legitimate advertisements to be replaced with spam and inappropriate banners.
FlashPlayer11.safariextz is a convincing fake browser extension, Malwarebytes claims. It uses the correct Flash Player logo and even includes a hyperlink to the official Adobe website.
However, once installed, the application either introduces its own intrusive adverts or overlays the official ads on legitimate websites with its own.
According to Malwarebytes security analyst Jerome Segura, the authors of this rogue application are hoping to tap into the lucrative business of web advertising by generating revenue from users clicking on the fake adverts.
“Online advertising is a billion dollar industry and everybody wants to have a piece of it. With such invasive adverts, cyber-crooks are likely to generate a lot of ‘views’ and even pay per clicks,” he said.
 “Shortly after being installed, [FlashPlayer11.safariextz] will begin to inject very rough advertisements on any website you visit,” said Segura.
He also said he found it “interesting that the bad guys are banking on the fact people are now quite aware of how important it is to apply software updates”.
“This is why you should always install updates from the vendor’s official website to avoid nasty surprises,” he advised.



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