posted on Feb, 23 2010 @ 09:08 AM
I've had a recent conversation with the CTO of The Media Trust, the firm who is proactively scanning all the ads that appear on ATS for malware or
From what they're seeing, there appears to be a new and very-significant effort to inject malware payloads via ad banners. From their vantage point
(they scan the ads on several dozen sites), "someone" is flooding the ad banner exchanges with hundreds (perhaps thousands) of bogus ads for bogus
products that lead to recently registered domains. The party or parties doing this have been using stolen credit card accounts to register the domains
and purchase the advertising, a relatively small percentage of which contains a malware payload in an effort to confuse attempts to track down the
We've had a few hits in our scans and have removed the ads from rotation and alerted our providers.
There is some speculation of who these people are (including a reoccurring conspiracy of malware having been created and distributed by unscrupulous
anti-virus firms), but nothing confirmed yet.