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Advertising network takes on malvertisers

Written by Cio
Advertising network takes on malvertisers
  • Cio
  • 2 years ago

In the war between malvertisers and legitimate advertising networks, the bad guys seems to be winning. Attackers use real-time bidding platforms to place malicious ads on otherwise reputable sites, infect target users and disappear — often before anyone has even noticed that there’s a problem, according to a new report by Fairvax, Vir.-based security firm Invincea, Inc..

Attackers can use the targeting features offered by advertising networks to zero in on victims based on which operating systems and browsers they use, based on their interests, based on their geographic locations, and even based on specific corporate IP ranges.

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