Hackers running malvertising campaign on YouTube to mine cryptocurrency

Security researchers have revealed how hackers are now bombarding YouTube videos with fake antivirus ads and running crypto jacking codes without alerting users.

Malvertisers are running fake antivirus adverts on YouTube videos by abusing Google's Double Click ad platform and tricking users into downloading malware.

Security researchers at both Trend Micro and Adguard have unearthed a sophisticated malvertising operation that helped people run cryptomining software on systems without alerting users. Ideally, such cryptomining consumes CPU power in user systems, and thus creators are required to inform users about such operations. However, those behind the malvertising campaign did no such thing.