Hundreds Of Popular Porn Sites Hit With Malware Attack

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A malicious advertising campaign involving malware has attacked hundreds of popular adult websites including xHamster, RedTube, and PornHub.

The malvertising campaign was discovered by US-based security firm Malwarebytes on what it said were moderately popular porn sites attracting millions of visitors each day.

Other sites infected with the malware include DrTuber, Nuvid, Eroprofile, IcePorn and Xbabe. \

The adverts are hosted and served by the adult ad network AdXpansion and users do not need to click on the ads to be hit with the attack.

“It isn’t so much that pornography sites are targeted, so much as the adult advertising networks,” Chris Boyd, an analyst at Malwarebytes, told IBTimes UK. “The end result of infected PCs is still the same, but as with most forms of malvertising, the websites themselves tend to have little control over which adverts are served to their visitors.

Here’s an example of a Malwarebytes warning following an attack.

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“Everyone is reliant on a chain of trust which is easily broken by unscrupulous individuals willing to pollute the stream with rogue adverts. The challenge is to find ways of reducing the threat to those at risk from the bad ads.”

AdXpansion hasn’t responded to Malwarebytes email regarding the malware attack.