The dreaded Blackhole Exploit Kit is back!
The last week has seen a resurgence of this malicious software appearing on websites around the globe.
Visitors to the sites who have AVG Anti Virus software installed on their systems receive a warning about the infection.
Website owners who do not act quickly to deal with the infection and clean up their websites may find Google blocking access to their websites.
The Blackhole Exploit Kit and it’s many variations was developed by some of the most skilled computer criminals in the world.
It is thought that these gangs originate in Russia or Eastern Europe.
The Blackhole exploit kit is now the most prevalent web threat globally.
The criminals make the software available as a kit on an outright sale or licence basis and each version is tweaked to suit the ‘end user’ criminal’s particular purposes.
In general, the kit uses hidden code to analyse the software on the computer it attacks to find any vulnerabilities.
When it finds some software which can be exploited, it will then run another piece of software, which often in the form of a pop up window.
This appears to be a warning about a malware or virus infection when in point of fact, it is a malware!
The computer is now under ‘remote control’ by the hackers, who can return and take over running the machine at any time.
What is particularly worrying about this infection is that there is at present no ‘magic bullet’ or simple cure.
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