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Malvertising Scam a Legit Threat as a Million Mac Systems Compromised

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Almost all the available content on web (especially media format) is run with the help of HTML 5 nowadays. However, despite of being warned about Flash’s impending termination for Chrome, some people still use the Flash Player. This has caught the attention of scammers as they have recently stared targeting Flash users and it’s been reported by Confiant, a security firm, that over a million Mac systems have been subjected to the malvertising scam attack.

As the name suggests, the scam makes use of malware infected ads. The users are coaxed into updating their Flash Players. However, it’s not a genuine ad by Adobe, but rather a hack in which a malicious downloader known as Shlayer ends up getting installed on the system.

The concerning thing about this scam is that it can escape detection by a number of malware scanners It does so by retrieving the malicious data from an online repository, after successfully passing through the scanners by loading the ads in a usual manner.

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