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Malvertising Incidents Threefold In 2014, Finds Cyphort

According to one fresh report that Cyphort the security company has released, malicious advertisements that serve badware have tripled in number during 2014.

Malvertising, also referred to as advertising malware, characteristically gets served through intermediate ad-networks. After buying space on the Internet, the hacker posts a harmless-appearing ad with the idea to get it served on several online sites. However, clicking on the advertisement alternatively brushing the mouse over it enables exploitation of Adobe Flash vulnerabilities by the hacker for loading malware onto the victim's computer. The trick is rather horrible, while it frequently kick starts even when the target victim makes no mistake.

A particular attack, which Cyphort detected during January 2015, hijacked an ad-network namely AOL as well as resulted in malverts getting exhibited on prominent websites such as theindychannel.com, FHM.com, HuffingtonPost.com, weatherbug.com and LAWeekly.com.

One more emerged during February 2015 from Gopego.com a technology and gadgetwebsite of Indonesia. In that, the malvert diverted visitors onto other malware dropping web-links to ultimately a CryptoWall downloading page -this malware encrypts the infected end-user's files followed with demanding $500 from the victim in Bitcoins for getting the decryption code which will let him regain the locked files. There's also a deadline of 168-hrs for paying the ransom failing which, the rate will double.

Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder Dr. Fengmin Gong of Cyphort says that cyber-criminals while attacking networks typically hunt to discover that point on the network which poses the minimum resistance so that malvertising scams work to be bait for committing fraud as well as filching sensitive data from unwitting business organizations. According to him, the latest report hopefully will give an improved understanding of advertising malware to companies and individuals such as its process of happening, its frequency of occurring and the different measures for helping prevent it. Darkreading.com reported this, August 25, 2015.

Now, with malvertising problem here to stay and cyber-crooks continuously discovering tactics for monetizing their assaults, the Association of National Advertisers opine that global advertisers will lose over $6bn due to ad-fraud during 2015. And in future, Cyphort asserts, this figure will keep rising steeply.

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