Do you read the website of the British newspaper The Daily Mail? Some 156 million people worldwide do every month. But recent visitors to the site could have been subject to a malvertising attack.
Malvertising has been on the uptick lately. It's when hackers put malicious code into a digital ad and submit it to an ad network - in this case the Microsoft Azure network. It then appears on legitimate websites.
The security firm Malwarebytes discovered the Daily Mail attack, wherein the malware ads sent people to the Angler exploit kit. The Angler exploit kit infects computers with ransomware, which locks your computer until you pay a fee. Learn 3 sure steps to beat ransomware by clicking here.
The malvertising on The Daily Mail's site is gone, according to Malwarebytes, but you should always be careful - other huge sites like the Huffington Post, Yahoo and Forbes have been hit with malvertising attacks recently. You can protect yourself, though.
Learn about watering hole attacks, where hackers put malicious code on legitimate sites, and how to protect yourself by clicking here and clicking here. And find out 5 ways to make your browser hacker-proof.