compromised, serves up a drive-by download of ransomware

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Our research scientists behind Threatglass have found yet another compromised website, and this time it's a big one. is the world's foremost men's lifestyle magazine, with approximately 14,000,000 US readers each month.  It's owned by Ziff Davis and has international versions in Australia, Canada, the Middle East, the United Kingdom in addition to the US.

Barracuda Labs recently discovered that AskMen was serving up a drive-by download that installs ransomware on the desktop.  From the Barracuda Labs blog:

Yesterday (Sunday, July 6), as well as in June, May and April, AskMen’s website served visitors malware via drive-by download attacks that targeted vulnerabilities in various browser-related software components including IE, Flash, and the Java web plugin.

You can get more details in this Barracuda Labs blog post.  For the packet capture and other technical information, check out the Threatglass analysis here.

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