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Level 17

Malware infections via booby-trapped advertisements

Here's a way for your system to become infected with a Trojan, just by going to a normally safe and trusted site.

Hackers are actively exploiting a dangerous security vulnerability in OpenX -- an online ad-serving solution for Web sites -- to run booby-trapped ads that serve malware and browser exploits across countless Web sites that depend on the solution.

Security experts have been warning for months about mysterious attacks on OpenX installations in which the site owners discovered new rogue administrator accounts. That access allows miscreants to load tainted ads on sites that rely on the software. The bad ads usually try to foist malware on visitors, or frighten them into paying for bogus security software ....

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