Ads cooked up by fraudsters and placed on the video-sharing website redirected tens of thousands of people to malicious sites, Network World reports.
“This was a worrying development: Not only were malicious ads showing up on YouTube, they were on videos with more than 11 million views—in particular, a music video uploaded by a high-profile record label,” Trend Micro fraud researcher Joseph Chen wrote on the anti-malware company’s blog.
He did not identify the affected videos or the record label.
Users viewing the ads are bounced through two servers in the Netherlands before landing on a malicious server located in the United States, according to the report.
There, a hacking toolkit attempts to install “ransomware,” a program that typically freezes a victim’s files until a fine is paid.
This particular type of ransomware is hosted on part of a Polish government site that was hacked.
Read the rest at ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches.