CryptoWall Malware Lurking on Major Websites

By David Gemma, Chief Marketing Officer, UNAPEN, Inc. on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Yet another major case of “malvertising” has been reported.  This is nothing new (a famous case occurred on the NY times web site over 5 years ago).  This sort of hacker attack works by going after the companies who serve up advertisements to sites such as newspapers, fantasy sport sites, yahoo, msn,, etc.  If your browser plugins are not up to date, simply opening a page that is showing one of these infected ads can automatically infect your computer.

This latest occurrence was serving up the “CryptoWall” malware.  This little gem encrypts all your documents, pictures, music, etc. and holds it all hostage until you pay the ransom to get the data unencrypted.

To protect yourself from this type of attack, it is critical to ensure you keep all your plugins up to date.  This includes, Flash Player, Java, Adobe Acrobat and any other browser add-ins you may have installed.

For more information:

Read the PC World article here.

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David Gemma is UNAPEN's CMO and Head of New Business Development and Ken Rode is the Director of IT.  UNAPEN, Inc. is a nationally recognized consulting and software development firm that provides software and technical consulting to the financial services industry. Visit his website at or follow on twitter @UNAPEN.  You can email David at:

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