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Cybercriminals turn to video ads to plans malware

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Nov 13, 2015.

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    Cybercriminals have been delivering malware through online display ads for years, but they appear to be making headway with a new distribution method: video advertisements.

    Both methods of attack, known as malvertising, can have a broad impact and are a major headache for the ad industry. A single malicious advertisement, distributed to several highly trafficked sites, can expose tens of thousands of computers to malware in a short time.

    Some ad networks and publishers have taken steps to vet their ads more thoroughly, but criminals are constantly on the lookout for weaknesses.

    An attack detected about two weeks ago shows how cybercriminals are showing more interest in creating malicious video ads.

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