Yahoo update: Malware attacks more widespread than at first thought

Summary:[UPDATED] Initial reports that only European sites were affected were incorrect; a small number of users outside were also served Bitcoin mining malware from Yahoo ads.

A week ago reports emerged that  Yahoo's ad network was serving malware . Those initial reports said that only European sites were affected between December 31 and January 3. After further investigation, Yahoo now says the period of attack was from December 27, 2013 - January 3, 2014, and that a small number of users outside of Europe may have been affected.

Yahoo adds that the vector for the attack was a compromised account. They have shut down that account and are working with law enforcement to investigate the breach.

The attack was used  to spread Bitcoin mining malware . The malware, discovered by security company Light Cyber, is built for a variety of payloads.

[UPDATE: SurfRight, via their HitmanPro blog, says that the Bitcoin mining angle is overblown and that the attack in fact delivered a wide variet of malware.]

Yahoo advises that users run Windows Update to apply the latest fixes to Windows, update Java to the current version, download the latest version of Adobe products and run an updated antivirus program.

Topics: Security


Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years. He was most recently Editorial Director of BYTE, Dark Reading and Network Computing at UBM Tech. Prior to that he spent over a decade consulting and writing on technology subjects, primarily in the area of sec... Full Bio

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