Science and Technology : Hackers use websites you visit daily to attack you - here's how to protect yourself

Clyde C Coger Jr

going above and beyond
Nov 17, 2006
In the Spirit of Cyberspace,

Hackers use websites you visit daily to attack you - here's how to protect yourself

... According to security firm Trustwave, the hackers found the domains of legitimate online marketing companies that had just expired and bought them. They used those domains to appear as valid businesses and purchase ad space on a huge number of ad networks, including Google's DoubleClick, Adnxs, Rubicon, AOL, AppNexus and Taggify.

Even sneakier, the ads had code that prevented them from attacking computers that had certain security research tools and security programs installed. That kept the security community from picking up on the attack right away and alerting the ad networks ...


Picture illustration. (REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski )



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