Ad Networks as Spyware Providers

Jul 19th

I recently posted about the online security wars, a trend which will continue to grow as spam filtering improves. The WSJ recently ran an interesting article about ad networks distributing spyware:

In May, a virus in a banner ad on tomshardware.com automatically switched visitors to a Web site that downloaded "malware" -- malicious software designed to attack a computer -- onto the visitor's computer. ScanSafe Inc., one of the first security firms to discover the virus, estimates the banner ad was on the site for at least 24 hours and infected 50,000 to 100,000 computers before Tom's Hardware removed it.

As traffic streams consolidate and ad networks improve in efficiency many people who get marginalized are going to get more insidious in their attempts to make money. This fear will further consolidate web traffic toward trusted brands and place a premium on central ad networks.

Published: July 19, 2007

Comments

James Dunn
July 20, 2007 - 4:52am

Or everyone could just switch to a mac.

John King
July 20, 2007 - 7:40am

"Or everyone could just switch to a mac."

And then everything would be made to target macs and nothing would change..

July 20, 2007 - 2:56pm

thanx man

July 24, 2007 - 7:35pm

You can disable almost all network cookies on the IABs site and you can also nearly eliminate banners entirely with a firefox extension.

immortalmonkey
July 25, 2007 - 7:16pm

it's still happending, reminding me of what happened in the late 90s where the internet is a chaos in china... that's when lots of people started to install firefox as it was promoted as a cleaner/safer way to browse the web... so maybe another ebb for alternative browser? ...switch to mac is tooo much to do , though I don't like WXP particularly...

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