Archive for December 21, 2007

Google Ads Replaced with Malware

Posted: December 21, 2007 in Tech

A new ad-hijacking Trojan that hijacks Google text advertisements, replacing them with ads containing malware has been detected.  The threat, identified as “Trojan.Qhost.WU”, modifies the infected computer’s host file, and redirects queries sent to Google servers to rogue servers that display ads from third parties instead of from Google.

Users are affected because advertisements and/or linked sites may contain malicious code, which is very likely, given that they are promoted using malware in the first place.

Google has said it has cancelled accounts of some customers found displaying ads that redirect users to malicious sites, or ads of products violating its software principles.

Microsoft, Viacom in $500 Million Ad Deal

Posted: December 21, 2007 in Tech

Viacom has signed a $500m advertising and content deal with Microsoft, a development that will see Viacom dropping Google’s DoubleClick.

The five-year deal, which the companies said has a “projected base value” of $500m, will see Microsoft’s Atlas system replace DoubleClick to deliver ads across Viacom’s extensive range of US websites.

Internet Explorer 8 Beta Due in 2008

Posted: December 21, 2007 in Tech

Microsoft announced that the first beta version of Internet Explorer 8 would be launched in the first half of 2008.  Microsoft assured users that its new version browser has been put through necessary tests to ensure it doesn’t ‘break’ the Web.

IE8 passed the Acid2 Browser Test from the Web Standards Project, which means that the browser is able to render a Web site in the appropriate way.

The Justice Department said that software giant Microsoft Corp., Internet search engines Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. have agreed to pay $31.5 million to settle charges that the three companies promoted illegal Internet gambling. The companies will pay money to the Justice Department and will also publicly advertise against illegal Internet gambling targeted at people below 22 years of age.

The companies are charged with accepting money from 1997 through 2007 from online gambling businesses to advertise illegal betting.