Huge malvertising campaign affects more than 300 million devices

An ongoing malvertising campaign is targeting iOS devices and in just 48 hours it had managed to hijack over 300 million browser sessions.
Researchers are saying that hackers behind this malvertising campaigns are injecting malicious code into legitimate online ads and web pages. Meaning that when a victim access any of those, they will be redirected to a malicious page, that typically contains adult material or gift card scams.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;

But this is not all, some victims were redirected to a web page, where the malicious ad would execute embedded obfuscated JavaScript. Then all the traffic will be redirected to a series of malicious landing pages, like happy.hipstarclub.com or happy.luckstarclub.com. These final destination web pages are used to impersonate Google Play apps and make them appear more legitimate.

From here hackers would typically then try to phish visitor data in order to commit affiliate marketing related fraud and or steal personal identification data, like email, address, revenue information, and more.
By looking at the scale of the scheme, researchers say that this undergoing campaign is very profitable for the hackers behind it

Researchers estimated that the total amount of victims reached 300 million în just 48-hour; which compared to 2017’s largest malvertising campaign that affected 1 billion victims in 1 year, is astonishing;
Researchers estimate that the hacker spent around $200,000 to run the campaign, which made for him $1 million in 2 days.
For now, the US remains the most targeted zone by this malvertising campaigns; but other locations, like Australia and New Zealand are becoming more and more popular.

Keep in mind that our modern society is dependent on computers, mobile devices, and the use of the internet always stay safe and secured.
We would continue to monitor the cybersecurity world. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.