Specialists of the company-developer of antivirus software Trend Micro said that the attackers used for their purposes the advertising platform Google DoubleClick. The most affected visitors from Japan, France, Italy and Spain.
Interestingly, in addition to malicious code for the cryptocurrency, some users also displayed fake notifications on the danger of virus infection on YouTube and the need to urgently download an antivirus.
Google confirmed the existence of a problem and stated that they already figured out everything.
“Mining of crypto-currency through advertising is a relatively new form of fraud, which violates our policy and for which we are actively observing. We use a multi-level detection system running on all our platforms, we update it as new threats are identified. In this case, the advertisement with the built-in miner was blocked in less than two hours, and the attackers were denied access to the company’s products, “the Google representative said.