A popular toymaker’s website is giving visitors ransomware

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Ransomware, a type of malware that holds your computer hostage until you pay a certain amount of money, seems to be getting more popular since it sprouted up in large-scale form in 2013.

The website of Maisto International, a toymaker that primarily sells model vehicles and remote control vehicles, is playing host to some ransomware, Malwarebytes wrote Thursday. On the maisto.com homepage, malicious files can download themselves onto visitors’ computers via something called Angler.

Angler is a type of exploit toolkit that installs malicious files on your computer. In this case, the Angler kit is infecting computers with CryptXXX, a ransomware that encrypts users’ files, offering to unlock them for a fee. Read more…

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5 Ways to Improve Programmatic Ad Transparency

5 Ways to Improve Programmatic Ad Transparency

The New York City-based Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) recently launched a programmatic transparency calculator aimed at providing “advertisers and publishers with a granular, partner-specific evaluation of their … costs as a percentage of their effective CPM.” It’s thought provoking. It’s asking all the right questions.

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This homemade hoverbike is the future of personal aviation

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The Internet’s favorite crazy inventor has created a rideable hoverbike, and while it doesn’t go much higher than a couple feet, it’s a pretty innovative creation.

YouTuber Colin Furze, famous for his homemade Wolverine claws, jet-powered bicycle and recent thermite launcher, embarked on his first-ever flying project as requested by fans. He created the hoverbike, a seatless, brake-less contraption powered by two motorized propellers in place of wheels. He only shows it off in short bursts, so you probably can’t fly it down to your local store to buy bread.

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Analyzing real WordPress hacking attempts

In my last few posts I’ve pondered the issue of how insecure WordPress installations have become. Here’s an interesting thing to try if you run a WordPress site; install the 404 to 301 plugin and in its settings check the “Email notifications” option and enter an email address in the “Email address” field. Now, whenever a nonexistent URL is requested, you’ll get notified and, at least for me, it’s been pretty interesting to see how hackers attempt to enter my WordPress installations. 

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