Dailymotion hit by attack, leaving video viewers vulnerable

Dailymotion compromised with cybercriminals able to install malware victimize users - but everything seems to be back to normal again.

Published Mon, Jul 7 2014 3:16 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

The popular video website Dailymotion was compromised by cybercriminals able to inject malicious code, redirecting visitors and secretly installing malware. The iframe first appeared on June 28 and installed the Sweet Orange Exploit Kit, targeting Oracle Java, Microsoft Internet Explorer and the Adobe Flash Player.

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It seems only a small number of users were compromised, and Dailymotion quickly restored videos and ensured they were safe again.

"If the kit successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities, then Trojan.Adclicker was downloaded onto the victim's computer," according to Symantec researchers. "This malware forces the compromised computer to artificially generate traffic to pay-per-click Web advertisements in order to generate revenue for the attackers."

It's a clever strategy by cybercriminals, because Dailymotion is currently in the Alexa top 100, slotted in at No. 90.

NEWS SOURCE:pcworld.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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