THE FORBES.COM WEBSITE network has recently been serving up malware with its news and other content.
The outfit was hoodwinked into serving content from an advertising company that had been spiked and poisoned with malware across two of its sites. Forbes was told about this, according to security researchers, and did something about it it. So that's good. While things were bad, they were bad, however.
"The Forbes.com website was serving content from a third-party advertising service that had been manipulated to redirect viewers to the Neutrino and Angler exploit kits. We notified Forbes, who worked quickly to correct the issue," said the security firm FireEye in a statement.
"This type of malicious redirection is known as malvertising, where ad networks and content publishers are abused and leveraged to serve ads that redirect users to malicious sites.
"Malvertising continues to be an attack vector of choice for criminals making use of exploit kits... When these ads are served by mainstream websites, the potential for mass infection increases significantly, leaving users and enterprises at risk."
The malware was capable of performing a number of nasty acts, and FireEye said the attackers were able to hop between Neutrino and Angler when it came to their weapon of choice.
We have asked Forbes to comment, and while it has not responded to us directly, it has posted up a note about the incident on its website.
"The malicious creatives identified were isolated to a single advertiser and immediately suspended," it said. "Forbes has strict practices in place to protect against these kinds of incursions and will make any necessary changes to be sure such incidents do not occur again."
According to another security post, this one from Malwarebytes, a site called Realtor.com also fell victim to the same malvertising attack. Malwarebytes reckons that Realtor.com pulls in tens of millions of punters a month, all of whom have been put in harm's way. µ
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