Match.com malware attack - comments from Webroot
September 2015 by Webroot
Following the news that Match.com has fallen victim to a malware attack, David Kennerley, senior manager for Threat Research at cybersecurity firm Webroot, comments:
“Malvertising is becoming a go-to method for fraudsters, with Yahoo! and Australian operator Telstra also falling foul last month. Money is the primary motivation for attacks of this nature and often these malicious ads are for additional attacks.
Unfortunately simply keeping to trusted websites no longer means you’ll stay safe. The chaotic nature of the online advertising industry means that even popular legitimate websites have no visibility on the ad content displayed on their pages or its original source.
Users should keep their browsers fully patched, with appropriate in-built phishing and malware protection switched on. Browser add-ons should be kept up-to-date, with auto-play turned off or better yet, disable or remove these commonly exploited add-ons completely. Ad-blocking software is becoming a must and of course a strong endpoint protection product is essential.”