Rough Ted, a malvertising campaign has affected companies in 150 countries according to the latest Check Point Global Theat Impact Index. The malvertising delivered links to malicious websites along with scams, adware, exploit kits and ransomware. Chris Olson, CEO at The Media Trust commented below.

Chris Olson, CEO at The Media Trust:

Chris Olson“The amount of malware circulating in the digital ecosystem has more than doubled in the past two years, and shows no signs of abatement. But, malvertising is just one vector for web-delivered malware. As more enterprises are realizing, the third-party vendors that make up any public-facing website are just as vulnerable to compromise. Frankly, enterprises are afraid of everyone’s website but their own. Adblockers are not viable security defenses. As ad block adoption increases, so does the implementation of anti-ad block technology which, as predicted, drives the exploitation of both tools. Provided by third-party vendors, anti-ad block technology operates outside the purview of media publisher IT/Security infrastructure and can surreptitiously be hijacked via code obfuscation. The only effective way to tackle web-delivered malware is to incorporate web-based attack data into enterprise filtering, firewall or antivirus defenses.”

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