Massive AdGholas Malvertising Campaign Infects Millions

3rd July 2017  By Tara Seals


A massive malvertising network has been infecting as many as 1 million computers per day with a variety of geo-focused banking trojans.


Named AdGholas, researchers say that it has been operating since 2015, infecting thousands of victims every day using a sophisticated combination of techniques that include filtering and steganography. It was receiving high-quality traffic from a variety of high rank referrers, from more than twenty different AdAgency/AdExchange platforms. The result was that AdGholas was clocking one to five million hits every day, and of these, 10-20% were redirected to an exploit kit.


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