Over 500 websites were compromised over the weekend due to analytics software provided to publishers by PageFair.
Mobile ad-blocking is a hot topic. Browser add-ons and mobile apps are slowly rising in popularity with consumers looking for a cleaner Web experience, but as a result, content publishers relying on advertising models which pay out for eyeballs and clicks are steadily losing revenue.
Many publishers use third-parties to provide ads -- which, unfortunately, can also sometimes allow malware to slip through the net and compromise websites and visitor systems. This technique, known as malvertising, has struck high-profile targets such as Yahoo and UK newspaper The Daily Mail.
Anti ad-block firm PageFair becomes cyberattack victim, distributes malware
I don't know if web owners now realizes that sometimes, we don't want ads on a website because of the risk of being infected by hijacked one (malvertising). This isn't even about revenue anymore, this is about staying safe and not getting hit by an EK with Cryptowall 3.0 in it. Now if even Anti ad-block companies can get hacked and used to distribute malware, what options do we have left? I understand that ads are necessary for the survival of a website, but is it really worth the risk of getting your visitors infected for displaying them?
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Edited by Aura, 03 November 2015 - 01:40 PM.