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Submission + - Malvertising Campaign Infected Thousands of Users per Day for More than a Year (

An anonymous reader writes: Since the summer of 2015, users that surfed 113 major, legitimate websites were subjected to one of the most advanced malvertising campaign ever discovered, with signs that this might have actually be happening since 2013.

Infecting a whopping 22 advertising platforms, the criminal gang behind this campaign used complicated traffic filtering systems to select users ripe for infection, usually with banking trojans. The campaign constantly pulled between 1 and 5 million users per day, infecting thousands, and netting the crooks millions each month.

The malicious ads, according to this list, were shown on sites like The New York Times, Le Figaro, The Verge, PCMag, IBTimes, ArsTechnica, Daily Mail, Telegraaf, La Gazetta dello Sport, CBS Sports, Top Gear, Urban Dictionary, Playboy,,, and more.

Comment Analysis of the study (Score 1) 304

One, they must have been using ancient devices. They are talking about variable voltage settings on the devices. Modern ecigs are set in terms of wattage (they measure resistance and compute the voltage setting). It would be more helpful if they would report on coil temperature directly since that appears to be the actual significant factor. The voltage tells us practically nothing about the actual temperature (that would vary GREATLY based on the coil).

Since most good e-cigs (read, not the ones produced by the tobacco companies or advertised on TV) have temperature control, knowing the temperatures involved would obviously be useful.

Note that while 'cloud chasers' inhale for 5 seconds, others are closer to 3 or less. I observed myself today and found I inhale for about 3 seconds for the first puff (and sometimes the second) after letting it sit for a while and then take a few additional puffs of a bit less than a second each. Sometimes the followup puffs don't reach my lungs at all.

Next, they show that the worst case was 1/4th the level of a cigarette. That certainly sounds safer to me. Nobody I know of has claimed e-cigs to be perfectly safe, just significantly safer than smoking. It is known that many far more potent carcinogens in cigarette smoke are absent from e-cigs.

It would be useful to know the levels emitted by other common activities likely to involve decomposition, such as cooking or exposure to auto exhaust.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 5, Informative) 211

It's statutory damages as set by law. It's tripled because Getty is a repeat offender. Unlike the many cases of *AA vs. Grandma where the same statutory damages were applied, Getty is exactly the sort of defendant the lawmakers had in mind when they wrote the law and the evidence is much more clear.

If the courts do not award the full amount, they will demonstrate once and for all that natural people are second class citizens.

Submission + - SPAM: UK judge calls for an "online court" without lawyers

mi writes: A senior judge has called for the establishment of an online court that does not have lawyers and can deal with claims of up to £25,000.

The proposal is the centrepiece of a package of reforms to the civil justice system, drawn up by Lord Justice Briggs, a Court of Appeal judge.

Just how exactly will this court ensure no one is, in fact, a trained professional on the Internet, where no one knows, who you really are, is not explained.

We discussed the idea last year. Apparently, it is still alive.

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