Malvertising is a ‘toddler’ now

January 27, 2015
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No more dirty diapers; potty training is intact. Within a two-year time frame, malvertising mastered crawling and is starting to walk now.

Malvertising, in succinct terms, is defined as the use of online advertising to spread malware. My first experience with malvertising, or malicious advertising, occurred on a Saturday in mid-September of 2009. While browsing The New York Times (NYT), a rogue antivirus pop-up appeared. I immediately hit “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” to pull up task manager and attempted to end Google Chrome processes. Though I knew not to click on any pop-ups, my browser was quickly and silently redirected to a malicious website anyway. I spent the better part of the evening cleaning that mess up. Alas, the entire NYT experience was equivalent to the antithesis of “Calgon, take me away.”