Your organization’s leadership is 12 times more likely to be the target of a security incident and nine times more likely to be the target of a data breach than they were last year. Find out how they can be protected.
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Gift Cardsharks: The Massive Threat Campaigns Circling Beneath the Surface
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Inside Magecart: New RiskIQ & Flashpoint Research Report
Learn about the groups and criminal underworld behind the front-page breaches.
Threat Hunting Guide: 3 Must-Haves for the Effective Modern Threat Hunter
The threat hunting landscape is constantly evolving. Learn the techniques, tactics, and tools needed to become a highly-effective threat hunter.
Despite worldwide malvertising rising consistently since programmatic advertising gained popularity, it took a brief hiatus in Q3 2017. Overall, RiskIQ scanned 53% fewer advertisements containing a blacklisted incident—phishing, scams, exploit kits, and malware—than Q2, reversing a trend highlighted in our Q2 report, which found 19% increase in total malvertising over Q1.
RiskIQ has seen a steady long-term increase of malvertising, but quarter to quarter detections appear to be cyclical. It’s interesting to note how the type of malvertising fluctuates, and how that may indicate a change in attacker tactics.
According to RiskIQ detections, exploit kits have continued to decline, but malware, which decreased by almost 45% last quarter, was the only type of malvertising to increase in Q3. Meanwhile, phishing, which rose over 100% last quarter, experienced a considerable decline, which could mean attackers thought it wise to pivot to dropping malware from trying to trick users into clicking on deceptive ads that may lead to pages requesting sensitive data.
Although our data shows a 21% drop in scams (disingenuous advertising), it continues to be a favorite tactic of threat actors—RiskIQ detected almost 990,000 incidents in Q3 and profiled several new tactics. Scammers drive immense amounts of valuable traffic to their sites via vast scam networks. Their fraudulent landing pages (take a survey to win a free PlayStation!), are often ignored by typical malvertising detection methods because of the gray nature of their payloads but can grow to enormous sizes and degrade the quality of the internet.
To combat this problem, RiskIQ scans over 2 billion pages and nearly 20 million mobile apps per day, resulting in a curated blacklist of malicious ads from across the internet. This proprietary list sets RiskIQ apart, enabling customers to vet new demand sources and prevent malware within their ad infrastructure. RiskIQ is unique in that our crawling infrastructure allows us to capture the entire ad redirect chain and creative sources, which indicate which part of the ad-serving process was compromised, and helps us identify the entity responsible for the threat.
Learn more about how RiskIQ can proactively scan and track ads as they traverse the supply chain so you can empower your team to take immediate action to identify and remove malicious malvertisement hosts and advertisers from
your network or publisher website, minimizing the threat to your end users.
What are the keys to a Modern Vulnerability Risk Management Program? On Tuesday, @joshuamayfield and @josh_zelonis will examine why defending your organization's digital attack surface starts with being able to discover unknowns and investigate threats: https://t.co/kCxgPW0Ckb
IGNITE is just 10 days away! RSVP now to kick off #RSAC and party with Flashpoint, @elastic, @ThreatQuotient, @Siemplify, and @RiskIQ: https://t.co/hnlh0UhHEo
The largest UK #GDPR fine was £183m in 2018 as B.A. booking website was hit by Magecart ccard skimming code. @RiskIQ worked with https://t.co/E3JRdvCMWA and Shadowserver to take down the malicious domains. https://t.co/iiH69vbKFK
The theme of this year's @cctxcanada 4th annual collaboration event is "Give and Take: Why helping others drives our success." RiskIQ's Geoff Roote explains the modern Internet Attack Surface and why defending the web is a collaborative community effort.