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May 19 2010   8:09PM GMT

Malvertisements – 1.3 million viewed per day!



Posted by: Troy Tate
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Last year the NY Times website had advertisements that served up some malicious content (Would you click if it showed on the NY Times website? – Really would you?). Now, in 2010, Dasient has released research about Q1’10 web-based malware and trends. This research is very scary and not surprising if you have been “in the wild” on the internet without the protections offered by an enterprise environment. The increase in malicious “anti-malvertising” alone has been significant in the past several months. What is a net-citizen supposed to do?

I proposed some options in 2009:

Should computers be “licensed” or “permitted” to be on the internet to reduce threats to unsuspecting users? That’s a thought for you… what governing body would issue these computer use permits? What would the rate infrastructure be like – based on processor/memory or bandwidth? Where would the permit fees go? Would there be some internet oversight body that uses the fees to have inline malware filters?

Would these still be valid options? I mean there is real money involved with the losses due to malicious software. Who is responsible for the loss? Is it the non-technical home user who does not keep their system updated because they do not know what to update? And if they do update it, how do they know the update source is credible? How many times have you gone to a website (think Facebook) and see that your Flash software needs updated? This is an example of a prime target for malvertisers. What would you suggest? Leave some feedback for me and other ITKE readers.

Thanks for reading and let’s continue to be good network citizens!

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  • TomLiotta
    [I]...your Flash software needs updated?[/I] I always read licensing. I stopped installing Flash shortly after Adobe acquired Macromedia because I tracked down and read the license terms that came with the subsequent release. (Ever read [I]all of it[/I]? Ever located all of its parts?) I've started installing it in a couple of my systems during the past year or so because terms have changed some, especially the references to the 'acceptance of terms for 3rd-party features that might be included' parts. Funny thing is that I haven't missed it, and a lot of stuff runs faster/better without it. Seriously, though, could any non-technical user make sense of licensing for some of the basic software products and utilities that are widely used? Tom
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  • Labnuke99
    TomLiotta - I agree with what you are saying. EULA's have been a real problem since the beginning of commercial software deployments. Even the fake antivirus packages so prevalent today out there come with what appear to be EULA's. I came across the [A href="http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/eulalyzer.html"]EULAlyzer[/A] application that appears to give a user a heads-up on "interesting words and phrases" in a license agreement. I have not used it myself, but the package appears to be free for home and educational users. Business users must purchase a license, but maybe a business would be better consulting an attorney for any major software license agreements. Thanks for the comment!
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