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April 30, 2019

One of the great challenges in digital ad security is the fact that the bad actors always start this race in the lead. Whenever the legitimate ad industry gets to work eradicating one security threat, malvertisers find another point of entry to deploy their sinister wares.

November 15, 2018

Steganography – the practice of concealing a file, message, image or video within another file, message, image or video – is a growing trend this year, being implemented by malicious advertisers who insert their malicious codes into ad images

With malvertisers always looking for new ways to infiltrate their maliciou...

February 1, 2018

The beginning of a new year is a good time to take a close look at the many cybersecurity incidents that led to major breaches, computer malware infestations and the degradation of the user experience across the board.   As we turn the page into 2018, it’s important to pay attention to alarming trends from malverti...

October 3, 2017

As we covered a couple weeks ago, crypto-mining is one of the newest emergent threats in the online advertising ecosystem. Users' computers are being used to mine crypto-currencies, like Bitcoin, without their knowledge and their CPU usage is being drained.  Since it was first identified, it has been a priority at...

June 22, 2016

GeoEdge Security Lab has detected a malvertising campaign on Yahoo and a couple other premium publisher sites.  This malicious campaign was seen in the UK, Australia and NY on June 19, 2016. 

The Behavior

The ad shows up on the webpage telling the user to detect the speed of their site. 

This ad shows u...

May 10, 2016

Mobile advertising is becoming THE digital advertising space. The global mobile advertising market will surpass $100 billion in spending and account for 50% of all digital ad expenses by 2016. Moreover, mobile ad spending will double between 2016 and 2019, reaching 195 billion dollars, accounting for 70.1% of digit...

December 17, 2015

With the exponentially increasing use of video ads, many do not stop to think about the downsides they bring with them as well. While I don’t believe that the challenges of latency, data drain, malvertising, or autoplay sound warrant not serving video ads, I think it of utmost importance to know your defense tactic...

November 2, 2015

For those that don't know, our GeoEdge Security Lab utilizes a proactive monitoring system to help maintain a clean, safe, and engaging ad ecosystem. And yesterday, GeoEdge Security Lab noticed suspicious activity on popular web portals. This activity was due to a compromise in the PageFair analytics service – in t...

October 27, 2015

Working in ad security and verification at GeoEdge, I get a ringside seat to see how the Security Lab develops the technology to protect against malvertising attacks and infections. And it makes me think about how malvertising came to be. So I decided to look into the matter further – and then share the info with y...

September 24, 2015

Despite it rocketing to the top of the ecosystem, I notice that there seem to be different understandings and even misconceptions about the concept and process of programmatic RTB. In a recent study, 44 percent of advertising professionals surveyed said they have little or no understanding about how programmatic wo...

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