Malvertising (malware tainted advertising) is a plague.
So, those websites were hit with malvertising this past Sunday. The BBC was still infected on Monday as well.
“The advertisements connected with servers hosting the Angler exploit kit. The kit tries to find software vulnerabilities on a computer in order to deliver malware.
A successful exploit could deliver ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts a computer’s files. Victims are asked to pay a ransom, usually in bitcoin, in order to get the decryption key and restore their systems.
Trend Micro wrote about the same attack on Monday. Segura said he delayed publishing a blog post while he contacted major advertising networks, including Google’s DoubleClick, Rubicon, AOL and AppNexus, to get the malicious advertisements removed. He published a post on Tuesday…Malwarebytes detected the attack through users who use its Anti-Exploit software.” – PCWorld
Happy scanning, folks.