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Photobucket are not cleaning up their act: continuous malvertizements on their website

Photobucket has been mentioned several times because of malvertizements appearing on the site. The most recent outbreak is proving to be problematic, to say the least.

They have been advised several times that there are malvertizements appearing on their web site. Photobucket have been given sufficient information to enable them to quickly identify and remove the malvertizements. Email acknowledgements have been received from Photobucket advising that the malvertizement reports would be forwarded to the “advertising team”.

The malvertizements have also been reported to the advertising networks being used to host and distribute the malvertizements.

Why, then, are the malvertizements cited here still appearing on the Photobucket web site?

rlslog.net were able to get rid of the malvertizements reported to them. mininova.org were able to get rid of the malvertizements that were reported to them. Why is it so hard for photobucket.com to clean up *their* act???

For reason of the condemnable ignore attitude/tactics of Photobucket and to protect the user against malware the strong advice:

nobody should visit photobucket.com unless they have software in place that will prevent any advertisements on that site from being displayed on their computer.

This advice stands unless and until the malvertizements are removed AND photobucket.com can reassure that:

1. Photobucket have improved their investigative processes when checking advertisements offered to them to minimise the possibility of this happening again; and
2. Photobucket have put in place new procedures to ensure that reports of malvertizements are identified and acted upon immediately.

Source: SpywareSucks

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May 13, 2008 - Posted by | Advisories, Alerts, Friends, Malware, News, Recommended External Security Related Links, Vulnerabilities | , , , , , , , , ,

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