Known as “malvertising,” the attack is designed to exploit vulnerabilities on a user’s computer before encrypting their hard drive and demanding a bitcoin ransom in order to unlock it.
“If a user’s computer is vulnerable, the ad will download the Angular exploit kit and injects it into the webpage, providing the ransomware’s creators with the ability to lock the computer user’s files,” writes James Walker ofDigital Journal.
As noted by internet security software company Malwarebytes, the malvertising campaign targeted some of the web’s largest news websites which reach billions of users collectively.
Just days after it shot to the top of the Play Store, Android’s newest ad blocker has been removed for violating developer guidelines. Called Adblock Fast, the plug-in from startup Rocketship Apps worked within Samsung’s mobile browser thanks to a partnership with the phone maker, which opened an API this week allowing third-party developers to build content blocking features for the preinstalled Samsung Internet app.
According to Rocketship developer Brian Kennish, Google says Adblock Fast violates section 4.4 of of its Developer Distribution Agreement, which disallows apps or plugins offered through the Play Store from “interfering” or “disrupting” devices, networks, or services of third parties. Google confirmed to The Verge that it did remove Adblock Fast, but would not clarify why the content blocker was removed despite Samsung’s open participation. Kennish provided this message from a representative at Google:
With the release of iOS 9 last year, Apple introduced support for ad blocking within its Safari web browser. On Sunday, smartphone maker Samsung debuted its own support for content and ad blocking in the default web browser installed on its Android smartphones. The update, which is rolling out now to devices running Android Lollipop or higher, works in a similar way as ad blocking on Apple’s iOS 9.
That is, it allows third-party developers the ability to build apps that that will block distracting and intrusive ads on the mobile web, as well as strip out extra content from web pages, allowing them to load faster and consume less data.
These apps are made possible by way of Samsung’s new Content Blocker extension APIarriving in the latest version of the Samsung Internet Browser. That means Samsung owners will have to be using the company’s own browser, not a third-party browser like Google Chrome, in order to take advantage of the new functionality.
No, this isn’t a lost sketch from the 1996 season of Saturday Night Live. Norm MacDonald, 51, is Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new Colonel Sanders. The Dirty Work comedian has taken over the role from another SNL alum, Darrell Hammond, 59, in a new round of weird and oddly funny commercials for KFC.
Darrell began to appear as the KFC’s famed founder and mascot in a May 2015 ad campaign, as the fast food chain wanted to “pay homage to KFC’s history,” the company said in an Aug. 17press release. Darrell seemed like a perfect fit, since he was known for his impressions during his near 15-year stint with SNL. In fact, Darrell reportedly held the record for most impersonations with 107, until Kenan Thompson broke the record in 2014.
Twitter announced quarterly earnings Tuesday while making an important decision about a future leader, and advertising revenues initially boosted stock before downbeat user-growth talk sent it the other way. Reporters Jennifer Booton (@jbooton) and Caitlin Huston (@hustonca), and Tech Editor Jeremy C. Owens (@jowens510) live-blogged the earnings report and conference call.