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“Till today around 9 million users are affected”
Spotify.com users have fallen victim to a drive-by download attack instrumented via malicious ads displayed in the free version of the Spotify software.
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It is a popular music streaming service with over 10 million registered users. It can be accessed via proprietary software available for most desktop and mobile operating systems. It’s estimated that around 9 million users have free accounts meaning they receive advertisements inside the software.
Two weeks ago people began seeing malware alerts from their antivirus programs when using Spotify’s windows version. The problem was tracked back to malicious third-party advertisements displayed inside the application. Netcraft reports that at least one Java exploit was used to install malware on people’s computers.
According to the “avast” Virus Lab, the majority of Spotify users reporting the malware were in Sweden (59%), followed by a large group (40%) in the UK. The remaining 1% came from other countries.
Apparently the rogue ads loaded the Blackhole exploit pack, one of several drive-by download kits used by malware distributors.
“We’re currently investigating and have pulled all third party display ads that could have caused the problem until we locate the specific advert” Spotify told The Register.