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Google ad network exposed millions of computers to malware

Last night, researchers at MalwareBytes noticed strange behavior on sites like, The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post. Ads on the sites were being unusually aggressive, setting off anti-virus warnings and raising flags in a number of MalwareBytes systems. After some digging, researcher Jerome Segura realized the problem was coming from Google’s DoubleClick ad network and the popular Zedo ad agency. Together, they were serving up malicious ads designed to spread the recently identified Zemot malware. A Google representative has confirmed the breach, saying “our team is aware of this and has taken steps to shut this down.”

“That’s when we thought, something is going on.”

Malware served over ad networks (or “malvertising”) is…

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