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    Thursday, December 29, 2005
    Adsense trojan.
    A new trojan caused weird Adsense ads. The trojan will replace the original ads with it's own ads.
    Since the Trojan Horse makes the deceptive ads look like normal Google ads, the program was nearly impossible to detect by the general public. However, Raoul Bangera, an Indian web publisher, discovered the bogus program and contacted the Google AdSense team. Bangera emailed the team a number of cases, including various screenshots, log files of an infected computer and system files as proof. The AdSense team validated the news saying, “We can confirm from the screenshots that these are fake Google ads, formatted to look like legitimate ads. We agree that this phenomenon is likely the result of malicious software installed on your computer.” via TechShout

    In the article, the author didn't said about the browser being used. From my experience, a bug in FireFox can trigger this. If the FireFox user are using an older GreaseMonkey, a small code can be install to the browser. This was done without the user noticing it. A small javascript will replace the original ads ( or anything ) with it's own replacement. Same goes for unpatch IE. I read an article somewhere ( sorry, i can't recall the link ) several weeks ago about this trojan.

    Checking all the major anti virus list, no list about this trojan. I suppose this is a new trojan and haven't made it in the list or the anti virus companies giving it a different name. Better update your anti virus to be on the safe side. What's next, an Amazon trojan or ClickBank trojan? Why can't they make a trojan that will close all porn site? That would be nice for a trojan don't you think so?

    Another headache for Adsense team and for small Adsense publisher like me. Why can't they play something else? Back to my normal life *cough*.
    posted by Jamloceng @ 8:47 PM  
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