Published On: Thu, Jul 7th, 2016

Israeli Advertising Firm TargetingEdge Spreads Pirrit Adware

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Malware is being distributed in a wide variety of ways these days. Security researchers have managed to track down the distribution of Pirrit aware to an online marketing company based in Israel. As it turns out, a new version of the adware is in circulation right now. Albeit this adware is targeting Mac OS X users specifically, it is still a significant threat.
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People who have been following technology as of late may have come across the name Pirrit before. This particular type of adware targets Mac OS X users, and can cause some serious harm to infected devices. One security researcher from Cybereason wrote a script to automatically remove the adware from compromised machines. However, that script is no longer functioning, warranting further investigation into the matter.
Pirrit Adware Returns Thanks To TargetingEdge

Among the things Pirrit can do is obtain root access of the infected computer. Additionally, the adware will inject ads on the machine, but it can also hijack Internet traffic by using proxy servers. Interestingly enough, the most recent iteration of Pirrit is also actively removing competitive adware from the infected device.

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