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Pop-under Ads offering Security checks and Updates
From: Arturo Esquivel (raelGDL.COM.MX)
Date: Sat Nov 15 2003 - 17:05:41 CST
I was checking a computer at one of my client's home, and when I closed IE the pop-under ad blasted me with an offer to update my computer. This ad was mimicking MS Automatic Updates; not very closely but closely enough to snare your average home computer user that sees the auto update dialog once in a great while (if at all.)
On closer inspection I could see that it was an ad for some of those dubious performance accelerators, so I decided to click on the 'Read more...' link just to see where it would take me. It opened a page with a heavy flash animation, which being on a dial-up connection, it was taking too long and since I was in a hurry I decided to just shut IE and get on with my work.
The on-exit ad that I got was astonishing: here was this ad, sporting a Windows XP look and feel, offering me a Recommended Security Update, and bearing a mock MS KB article number which when applied would protect me against Creditd Card, passwords and Identity theft... none the less.
The trouble that I want to bring to your collective attention is the fact that if these type of ads start to proliferate on the Net then it wont't take long before some enterprising hacker will create her own ads and then put a trojan on a couple of thousand naive users that clicked on the 'continue' button, and clicked ok on all the security dialogs. After all. I'm installing a security update from MS...Right??
P.D: Check the ads: http://gdl.com.mx/bugtraq
PP.D. If I am barking up the wrong tree please just disregard this message.
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