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Posted on: Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:32 pm




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 anybody seeing spam/redirect ads
Hello,

From a user I received a report that he's seeing very intrustive ads on calcudoku.org:

first there's a note in Chinese (?) with the header "page at http:/www.igffinancial.com contains".
Then there's a text in badly written Dutch, stating something along the lines "your phone is being
attacked by a virus that can steal your privacy by the American hackers on May 19th".

after you click Ok or "back", you're redirected to an app in the playstore: "360 security antivirus boost".

Anyone else seeing this?

thanks,

Patrick


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Posted on: Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:46 pm




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Post Re: anybody seeing spam/redirect ads
Yes, since about 3 days. I,m using firefox on an android tablet. Very annoying.


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Posted on: Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:23 pm




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Post Re: anybody seeing spam/redirect ads
nailhouse wrote:
Yes, since about 3 days. I,m using firefox on an android tablet. Very annoying.


Did it go away since about 30 minutes ago?

(I disabled one of the 2 ad provides I use)

Patrick


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Posted on: Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:40 pm




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Post Re: anybody seeing spam/redirect ads
I just had the second part of the discribed events; the popup screen was absent. Until now it appeared quiet. (And i get a text in bad german instead of dutch)


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Posted on: Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:24 pm




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nailhouse wrote:
(And i get a text in bad german instead of dutch)


Probably some lame auto translation from the scammer's language.

So it's not happening anymore?


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Posted on: Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:38 pm




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Post Re: anybody seeing spam/redirect ads
It happened again 1 minute ago [sad]


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Posted on: Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:36 am




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Post Re: anybody seeing spam/redirect ads
Not good :-(

I just sent you e-mail with some questions (figured it'd be quicker to do this via e-mail).


Edit: I've been checking for a bit, and now it looks like this comes from malware specific to "Android",
so fortunately not related to the site [mellow]

Edit 2: Android tablets only so far, still could be related to the site (could be served via ad
of one of my ad providers)


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Posted on: Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:42 pm




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Post Re: anybody seeing spam/redirect ads
I was now able to reproduce the issue by sending a fake "user agent string"
(making the ad software think I was using an Android tablet)

I'll be sending detailed info to the ad provider, and will disable ads on Android tablets/phones.


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Posted on: Sat Aug 08, 2015 10:07 am




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The ad provider wrote to me to say they've now disabled the offending ads.

I've re-enabled ads on Android devices, please do let me know if anything untoward reappears...


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