Malware is distributed in porn site

by Ugnius Kiguolis - -

It was announced that the Pornography site called PornHub was showing malware-infected ads. The malware is trained to trick users. It pretends to be browser updates and developers that pop up through various ads and this way compromise victims’ computers with malicious actors. Proofpoint reported that behind the malware stands the KovCoreG cybercriminals group.[1] malware porn website

Although many people blush and deny visiting these kinds of websites, PornHub is one of the most popular sites in the industry. Thus the malware can have an impact on a relatively huge number of users that watch porn online. In fact, Alexa provides the information that at the moment PornHub is ranked the 20th most visited website in the United States, as well as 27th in the world.[2]

In order to have a better understanding of the risk that can cause this porn malware, PornHub had 64 million visitors to the site each day in 2016. In addition, according to Observer, a total of 91,980,225,000 porn videos were watched on this site last year, that actually are 4.6 billion hours of video spent watching porn videos on PornHub. So yeah, the numbers tell all – cybercriminals can reach really a high volume of audiences through porn sites.[3]

Countries that watch porn the most are: the United Kingdom at the 3rd place (189 page views per capita), Iceland took the 2nd place (202 page views per capita), and the United States was ranked as the most porn watching country with 221 per capita page views.[3]

The risk is actually huge. So how can you protect your device from attacks on the porn site?

  • Do not click on the ads and links. Yes, we repeat this all the time, but this tip actually works. You cannot get compromised by malware if you do not click on infected links. Especially, if you are visiting a site that you do not want your family to find out you are on, think twice about clicking on links, ads or downloading anything from there.
  • Double check every link. If it turns out that you feel you must click on something – double check. In this particular attack, the links weren’t real browser updates and had no association with any of browser developers.
  • Run the Internet Security software. Make sure to use antivirus or internet security suite in order to keep your computer safe. In addition, reliable cybersecurity packages provide you multilayered protection which protects users against cyber threats at several points of any malware attack.
 

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Ugnius Kiguolis
Ugnius Kiguolis - Team leader

Ugnius Kiguolis is an IT specialist, the team leader, and the founder of Reviewedbypro.com. He has worked in the IT area for over 20 years.

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