Yahoo users have been under attack this weekend through the Yahoo ad network which is placing malicious malware on millions of computers, laptop, and PDA’s around the world. A blog post on Fox IT estimates that some 300,000 users per hour are being hit, with some 27,000 users being infected instantly.
The malware seems to target Java programs, a software that many have long considered to be a security hazard. It is known to redirect traffic to domains hosted in the Netherlands. The hardest hit countries seem to be in the UK, France and Romania.
According to ZDNet, the infected ads were originally hosted by the following domains:
- yagerass.org (188.8.131.52)
- slaptonitkons.net (184.108.40.206), registered on 1 Jan 2014
- funnyboobsonline.org (220.127.116.11)
- blistartoncom.org (18.104.22.168), registered on 1 Jan 2014
- original-filmsonline.com (22.214.171.124)
The Washington Post is reporting that Yahoo first became aware of the trouble back on Dec 30 and has been working diligently to resolve the issue. In an emailed statement from Yahoo just yesterday, the spokeswoman says,
"At Yahoo, we take the safety and privacy of our users seriously…We recently identified an ad designed to spread malware to some of our users. We immediately removed it and will continue to monitor and block any ads being used for this activity."
Message Boards on CNN are quick to point out an easy solution for the average consumer. AdBlock is a freeware plugin that keeps these types of advertisements from popping up, ads that your computer’s popup blocker traditionally miss.