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RiskIQ Reports Rising Web-ads Tainted with Malware

RiskIQ the security intelligence company during one lately Washington, D.C., held security conference stated that advertisements, which had malicious content, revealed the possibility of contaminating innumerable computers. Business.newsfactor.com published this dated November 4, 2011.

Shedding light on the problem, the research company referring to people visiting highly accessed Internet sites said that they were coming across advertisements, which contaminated their PCs, while the ad market on the Internet was doing a great deal towards the problem's mitigation.

CEO Elias Manousos on behalf of RiskIQ reported that the company, during May 2011, recorded malvertisement incidences numbering 14,694 that were the highest in the month compared to 1,533 during May 2010. Every tainted advertisement had the possibility of infecting innumerable website visitors' computers depending on the length of time of the advertisement's display, he further alerted. The Last Watchdog published this dated November 2, 2011.

In addition, the CEO said that major websites were detected with corrupted ads like usnews.com, monster.com, foxsports.com and weather.com among others. Business.newsfactor.com reported this.

Citing one example related to the usnews.com site, the RiskIQ security company observed that the malicious ad in it used the Blackhole crimeware toolkit which its creator hired or sold out, thus reducing the malvertisement displayer's obstacles for entry.

Certainly, well-arranged crime groups have narrowed down the way infected advertisements creep inside ad networks' distribution mechanism, leading to innumerable corrupted advertisements finding place on the five hundred major Internet sites between November 2010 and October 2011, state people expert in security investigation and technology.

Moreover according to Managing Partner Vincent Liu of Stach & Liu a security consultancy firm, malverts represent widely used as well as highly effective means for exploiting Web-browser flaws. He adds that a standard home PC operator encounters large malvertisement infection risk. Abcnews.go.com reported this, November 6, 2011.

Meanwhile, Armorize the website security company lately found cyber-crooks selling toolkits, tutorials as well as ad placement facilities intended for anybody wishing for setting up shop for malvertisements. Chief Operating Officer of Armorize, Matt Huang states that there's one entire ecosystem available for doing this that's all online and fully mechanized. Abcnews.go.com published this.

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