TOKYO (MacHouse) – We first reported the danger of dottunes.net‘s orange Flash ad brought by AdECN several days ago. A situation involving this Flash ad and malware-scan.com has changed dramatically. We now strongly advise that you avoid any website displaying this Flash ad because none of the ad companies involved with this Flash ad has done anything decisive to eliminate imminent danger.
Some 26 hours ago, we reported that youhide.com, which offers a free online anonymous proxy server service, displays dottunes.net’s orange Flash ad just as our websites did several days ago. I went back to this website 24 hours after I was first redirected to malware-scan.com’s deceitful website. malware-scan.com’s exploitation system is such that you might be redirected to their website only once every 24 hours or longer.
Several seconds after I used youhide.com’s provy server function to access our own website, I was redirected to malware-scan.com. This time, I observed a couple of new friends brought by malware-scan.com on the status menu shown at the bottom of the browser window. malware-scan.com’s friends now include
Okay. So malware-scan.com has brought two new friends. What else is new? While this malicious website was displaying a scrap video showing that our computer contains viruses, Norton AntiVirus kicked in, indicating the file that malware-scan.com uploaded to my local terminal regardless of my will contains a computer virus. It’s shown as Downloader.MisleadApp.
So why do we still get redirected to malware-scan.com? We reported several days ago the redirection problem to our ad company Canep Media, which is one of the 3 dozen seat holders at AdECN. They wrote back instantly and said that they would investigate our claim. However, we haven’t heard anything new from them beyond our initial claim. And we were obliged to remove all our ad codes from AdECN/Canep Media. We also tried to contact dottunes.net by e-mail about 80 hours ago. However, we haven’t heard from them yet. In addition, in reference to their domain registration, we attempted to contact the site administrator of youhide.com about 19 hours ago. But we did not receive a reply by the time we posted this article.
For me, it’s just the matter of not hosting the ill Flash ad. However, ad companies, dottunes.net and youhide.com don’t seem to act any time soon. While those parties hesitate to act, innocent Internet users are still victimized by malware-scan.com’s malicious redirection scheme.
Screenshot from youhide.com