Malvertising campaign on PopAds uses pop-under ads to spread CryptoWall 4.0


Researchers at Malwarebytes uncovered a malvertising campaign on the PopAds network that launches the Magnitude exploit kit (EK), infecting victims using old versions of Flash Player with CryptoWall 4.0 ransomware, according to a blog post.

The campaign, which mainly targets European users, launches the Magnitude EK through pop-under ads, ad windows that the researchers explained appear “behind the main browser window and typically remains open until the user manually closes it.” Once a systems is infected the victim, of course, is instructed to pay a ransom to retrieve documents, photos and other files. 

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