Hacked Web Widget Turned 5 Million Sites into Malware Carriers

Pulkit Chandna

A security researcher has identified what he believes is one of the biggest clusters of drive-by attack sites. According to Wayne Huang, co-founder and CTO of Armorize Technologies, a compromised widget called "Small Business Success Index” turned anywhere between 500,000 to 5,000,000 million websites into malware carriers.

Huang's estimate might seem implausible until you are told that the hacked widget was found on all parked domains hosted with web hosting company Network Solutions. For those of you unfamiliar with web hosting argot, a parked domain is one that continues to be unused even after being registered. Network Solutions pulled the plug on the widget over the weekend, within three hours of being notified by Armorize.

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