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charithap
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Online Chat Uses Uses "s.thebrighttag.com" Adware/Malware

Hi Folks,

 

I've recently installed Pihole at home which allows me to observe and filter out malicious sites including malware. After implementing it I noticed Optus Live chat no longer worked from my phone. So I checked the logs and there were requests to a domain:

 

http://s.thebrighttag.com

 

being blocked every time. Once I whitelisted it worked.

 

So I did a search and found this article: https://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-s-thebrighttag-com/ which seems to indicate this is assocated with Adware/Malware. Can someone explain this to me and why something like Optus Chat would need this? I may just be missing something.

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Yeldarb
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Re: Online Chat Uses Uses "s.thebrighttag.com" Adware/Malware

It looks like some sort of stats site leaving cookies that some programs see as malware.

 

Edit: There is a second component that looks like it's calling for some sort of script as are the other 22 or so external sources. Possibly the script is tripping the malware program.

 

chat-stats.jpg

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Yeldarb
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Re: Online Chat Uses Uses "s.thebrighttag.com" Adware/Malware

Hey there 

 

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