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YouTube download tools placed ads on the service

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 15 Aug 2013 16:29 User comments (1)

YouTube download tools placed ads on the service A team of security researchers has highlighted some popular YouTube video download tools that had been placing unauthorized advertisements on the video service. observed two programs - Best Video Downloader and Easy YouTube Downloader - placing ads on the YouTube site in clear violation of YouTube's rules. Even worse, some of the injected advertisements led users to malicious websites.

Some of the ad slots had been sold on through exchanges to the likes of Amazon, Blackberry, Kellogg's and Toyota, but those firms almost certainly weren't aware of the scheme. Unfortunately, malicious advertisers (malvertisers) had also managed to get their ads displayed.

"When a user who has installed these plug-ins visits multiple display ad slots are injected across the YouTube homepage, channel pages, video pages and search results pages," said.

"One example shows a fake alert, which suggests to the user that a Java update is required. If the user clicks the OK button, then the user is taken to the disreputable site."

The firm responsible has been named as California-based Sambreel. One of its subsidiaries, Yontoo, told Forbes that the two programs in question have been discontinued, but the Financial Times pointed out that this only happened after the researchers pointed out the injected ads.

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115.8.2013 18:20

A person savvy enough to install a Youtube downloader is smart enough not to click on an ad...

Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

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