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Security researchers have shown how hackers can use ad networks to create ephemeral, hard-to-trace botnets that can perform distributed-denial-of-service attacks at the click of a button. In a presentation at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, researchers from WhiteHat Security showed off their technique, which …

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Is anyone surprised?

Anyone?????

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And the sky is blue

Hijacking web pages through advertisements is old as dirt. The last time I turned off my web bug blocker, I saw that it was still happening on CNN.com and Yahoo.com. Advertisers resell over and over so the true origin can difficult to track.

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Easy workaround...

Add mod_reqtimeout to your apache modules and watch it grind to a halt.

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FAIL

What? Again?

This is news?

A few (2?6?8? Times flies when you're having fun, but fruit flies...) years ago that this was discovered. Trojan ads on websites and ad networks from Google to Yahoo to Amazon and others were found.

You'll have to Google it.

Glad to see they got that sorted out.

Not.

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It's hardly bloody new

It's hardly bloody new is it? This sort of thing was happening to El Reg back in 2004 - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/21/register_adserver_attack/

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