Adware attacks in real life Explained

Introduction

In this post, you will learn the top 3 real-life Adware attacks scenarios. I have already written a post on what is Adware and the mechanism of Adware, and also I have written some common types of Adware malware to read [Click here].

Top 3 Adware Attacks in real life

Before going to the real-life scenarios, let’s see a recap of Adware. Adware is malicious software created by cybercriminals, and the malicious software spreading through Ads is known as Adware.

Fireball Adware attacks

The Fireball Adware attack, yes the name is quite catchy and even their work is catchy. Fireball Adware was firstly noticed in 2017 and a study has said 250 million computers were affected by Fireball.

This fireball malware was created by rafotech, and it is a Chinese tech company. So, you may ask now what exactly the malware do?

Firstly, the malware enters through traditional phishing style and hijacks the browser and changes the home page setting, and I doubt they would have stolen browser history and cookies and sold it to a Private Ad company.

Anyway, there is no motive behind this attack, the rafotech criminals just wanted the money and at any time this group can do a DDoS attack. These rafotech guys have got huge numbers of users in hand and can further be the biggest cyber threat.

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Appearch.info

The Appearch.info is another common Adware. I don’t know how much this Adware affected the users, but I could say it should be affected at least 100 million computers. So, how does this Adware work?

Firstly, this Adware enters into a user’s computer by attaching with other software programs. And Hijacks the web browser and changes the web browser settings and whenever the user searches in the infected browser, It redirects to Appearch.info.

The cybercriminals didn’t steal the information, but instead, they just put many pop-up Ads so, that they can gain revenue.

There is no targeted motive behind this attack, they just wanted to earn some money. Anyway, this Adware can completely take over the user web browser.

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DeskAd

DeskAd is another most common type of Adware, but if it infects a group of devices connected together, then it is going to be a serious problem.

This Adware enters through Phishing mails and attaching to a trusted extension. This Adware works similar to the previous one. Once the user is infected by this Adware, then the user will be continuously redirected to a malicious site.

There is no targeted motive behind this attack, and the cybercriminals just wanted to get some revenue.


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