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Google Blocks Demonoid for Spreading Malicious Software

Discussion in 'Computer & Technology' started by slowmo, May 8, 2014.

  1. slowmo

    slowmo Well-Known Member

    Google Blocks Demonoid for Spreading Malicious Software
    by Andy

    In one of the harshest moves a search engine can take against a site, during the past few hours Google flagged torrent site Demonoid as likely to harm users' computers. After arriving at the conclusion that malicious third-party ads had caused the problem, Demonoid responded by disabling every single advert on its site until further notice.

    In recent months, entertainment industry bodies have been working hard to ensure that companies become more aware of where their ads are being placed, with the aim of strangling site finances and eliminating any idea that brands are in partnership with pirates.

    Just recently the tactic branched out into describing most leading pirate sites as malware havens, a claim that some described as exaggerated. However, during the past few hours a pretty big and related drama hit semi-private torrent site Demonoid.

    After being off-air for 20 months after hosting trouble in Ukraine, the site relaunched this March. Former members of the site were pleased to find that their old logins worked and ever since the site has been trying to get back to its former glory. Yesterday, however, problems with third party adds provoked a harsh response from Google, one that continues today.

    Those searching for Demonoid are currently warned in search listings that “This site may harm your computer” and even those who choose to ignore the warnings aren’t allowed to access the site via Google. Instead they are diverted to the following page:

    Google’s advisory reports that after checking 59 pages on the site during the past 90 days, 7 pages resulted in “malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent”, something likely to worry most users.

    Google goes on to report that the malicious software in question was hosted on another domain – adv-inv-net.com – and further investigation reveals that the site is the source of a huge number of problems.

    According to malware analysis the Romanian-hosted domain carries 177 exploits and 2 trojans, which together have led to the infection of not only Demonoid, but more than 2,000 other sites.

    Aware that Demonoid along with thousands of other sites had been blacklisted by most search engines and web browsers, Demonoid’s operators announced that all advertisements would be removed from the site until the problem could be identified.

    “We run content from a lot of ad networks in our ad banners, and a lot of banners from each,” the management team said in an announcement.

    “One of those banners started serving malware, so we disabled all ads until we are 100% sure of the culprit and get it removed. We are also taking the proper steps to get us out of all the blacklists.”

    This latest advertising controversy comes just a week after the publication of a report which claimed that 90% of the Internet’s top 30 “pirate” sites contain malware, “potentially unwanted programs”, or items designed to deceive.

    While seemingly not Demonoid’s fault in this instance, one has to question if these kinds of malware events will become more prevalent in the months to come. With entertainment industry companies scaring away advertisers, options for torrent and streaming site operators to do business with ‘up-front’ ad networks are likely to narrow, forcing them further into the arms of those who carry the kind of junk experienced in the past 24 hours.

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    Two articles within a week of each other, both dealing with malware. Lots left unsaid but the theme seems pretty obvious. School is out and all those pesky kids are back to downloading their favorites and not buying them. So the public education/scare is on. This particular article deals with torrents but if it is at torrents, it's coming to file sharing site you visit sooner or later.

    I've dealt with the part about where malware comes from that no one wants to talk about in another article. So let me shine a little light on this one with bad advertising. I've covered it already too but lets look at it with hope of showing just what is wrong with the above.

    Remember that little place called the City of London I posted about already? It's a little over one mile square area inside London, England that is a city with in a city. It is not London but rather the financial district complete with it's own police. The City of London decided with the aid of extra funding from the IFPI that they could send out letters to advertisers claiming that they are advertising their goods on illegal sites.

    Most of these companies have no idea when they pay for Google to advertise for them that they go into a batch of ads that are randomly served up all over the web. So this is what the City of London and the IFPI hope to scare them into removing their ads.

    So the malware ties to efforts by the copyright industry to limit file sharing and I suspect that they already knew the results of what a such a move would be. They pay think tanks to come up with this stuff.

    So who is going to advertise in their place? You now have an answer to that and it goes right back to the copyright industry. There's a solution to this. It will come down to donations from the community and those with advertisers will wind up with everyone blocking their ads.

    This the very reason I won't allow ads on my computer. To many times in the past, I've come in with an ad blocker and fail to get the malware that everyone that was viewing the ads got. It's a matter of security.

    While lots of sites want to bitch about you blocking their income from not viewing ads, I notice that when I get malware, no site offers to send someone over to straighten it out. So if the cure is on me, so is the solution.
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    For me:
    * loading on Google Chrome and Internet Explorer
    * Not loading on Mozilla Firefox and Pale Moon
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  3. intheshadows

    intheshadows New Member

    For me I get the site and a message from Demonoid:

  4. slowmo

    slowmo Well-Known Member

    This was posted a little over a week ago. Since then, Demonoid has started with barring all ads until they could locate, drop, and find an answer as to prevention. They are back in Google's good graces.

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