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Malvertising Takes Cyber-Crime Spotlight, Bitdefender Warns

As malvertising takes the spotlight in the world of cyber-crime, antivirus software creator Bitdefender offers a deeper perspective on this worrying phenomenon. Here are some highlights of recent statistics published by Bitdefender researchers in the Virus Bulletin:

 Malvertising Takes Cyber-Crime Spotlight, Bitdefender Warns

  1. In 2014, cyber-criminals are expected to focus more than ever on profit via malvertising;
  2. Millions of users worldwide are exposed to malware, spam, phishing and fraud as they visit legitimate web sites such as those of newspapers or e-mail services;
  3. Not even publicity surrounding the recent Yahoo malvertising attack ended the increasing wave of malicious ads spread on the Internet. We just spotted dangerous commercials for work in the US on Yahoo! Messenger Insider;
  4. Bitdefender research showed that almost 7 per cent of ads found on 150,000 web sites could infect users with malware or target them with fraud, spam and phishing;
  5. Besides gambling and weight loss ads, scammers also make money out of business and computer and software commercials by creating fictitious web pages that look like those of legitimate companies.

To learn more about malvertising, you can also check our study, “The Murky Waters of the Internet: Anatomy of Malvertising and Other e-Threats,” published in the Virus Bulletin.

About the author


Bianca Stanescu, the fiercest warrior princess in the Bitdefender news palace, is a down-to-earth journalist, who's always on to a cybertrendy story. She's the industry news guru, who'll always keep a close eye on the AV movers and shakers and report their deeds from a fresh new perspective. Proud mother of one, she covers parental control topics, with a view to valiantly cutting a safe path for children through the Internet thicket. She likes to let words and facts speak for themselves.


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  • Thanks for such great info Bianca!!! i do love to read all your post about cyber crime!!!Would be great to receive such important info in our e-mail address :)

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      Bianca :)