When much of the world using Google umpteen times a day as their window to the web, it’s important that dodgy links appearing as search results are kept to a minimum.
Eric Davis, who heads up the anti-malvertising team at Google, has just given the keynote address on the opening day of the Virus Bulletin conference in Geneva.
Malvertising is the word that some are using to describe “malware+advertising”, and typically involves criminals exploiting ad networks to their financial advantage. We recently saw a scareware campaign being distributed via malicious adverts on the New York Times website, for instance.
As Davis points out, most malware ads are made with Flash. That’s not surprising – after all, most adverts are made with Flash.
And criminals also exploit known brands with their malicious adverts – creating dopplegangers of established firms or creating adverts…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.
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