Malvertising

Anti-Malvertising and Malware

Are your ads effective? 
Or destructive? Protect your customers and your brand from malvertising.

There’s nothing like an online ad for offering quick discounts, getting the word out about a product, and driving traffic to a website. But more and more, online ads are being used by cybercriminals for fraudulent purposes, to spread viruses and spyware. Malvertisements – malicious ads placed on legitimate websites – can look just like real ads, and users don’t even need to click on the ad to become infected. With The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) estimating that nearly 10 billion ad impressions were compromised by malvertising in 2012, it’s easy to see why companies need to be on high alert.

How does malvertising work?

Cybercriminals often spread malware by posing as a trustworthy company and placing “clean” ads on trusted sites. Eventually they attack by inserting a virus or spyware in the code behind an ad. After targeting millions of users, they remove the virus, making it difficult to trace. Cybercriminals also hack trusted sites and inject viruses into existing banner ads.

Why aren’t malvertisements caught?

The simple answer is lack of visibility. Because many publishers and ad networks contract out to third party ad providers, which may outsource to others, advertisers don’t have full control over security practices. With this highly insecure ad supply chain, one weak link can take everyone down. In addition, malvertisers often mount their attacks over the weekend, when IT departments are slower to respond.

Fight malvertising and protect your brand name with RiskIQ for Ads

With a proactive approach, you can empower your team to take immediate action to identify and remove malicious malvertisement hosts and advertisers from
your network or publisher website and minimize the threat to your end users. The solution is RiskIQ™ for Ads. This cloud-based service intelligently and continuously scans and tracks advertisements as they traverse through the ad supply chain to detect existing and emerging threats and stop malvertising in its tracks.

Who benefits from using our solution?

  • ​Ad Networks avoid loss of business and trust from web publishers, lower liability risks from downstream publishers or their users.
  • Ad operations teams get real-time incident alerts that provide complete data trails to allow them to take action on illegitimate ads.
  • Publishers benefit from early warning detection of malvertisements to reduce brand and reputation erosion.

Malvertising Resources

Malvertising Webinars

The Top Malvertising Threats Webinar and 2014 Threat Report

  • James Pleger, Director of Research, RiskIQ
  • December 16, 2014

Are your web and mobile properties threatening your customers?

  • Elias Manousos, CEO, RiskIQ
  • September 8, 2014

Anti-Malvertising Blog Posts

The Truth About Malvertising

  • Peter Zavlaris
  • January 16, 2015

Ransomware: The Future of Cyber Crime

  • Peter Zavlaris
  • December 11, 2014

Malvertising Woes—Cisco Discusses Malvertising in Latest Threat Report

  • Peter Zavlaris
  • August 20, 2014

Malvertising - A single campaign infects over 10% of Alexa’s top 1000-ranked sites

  • Ethan Davidoff
  • May 20, 2014

Malvertising Research Blog Posts