MAD Monday

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Ad Injectors, Mad Monday, Malvertising

Children are once again the target of an unscrupulous advertiser in today’s MAD Monday. This ad url on Google’s network will take you through to http://mightymagoo.com, a page targeting children using Spongebob as bait with phrases like “Play now” and “Play Free Games” sprinkled amongst colorful pictures of our yellow friend. For the folks that can’t read the […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in Ad Injectors, Mad Monday, Malvertising

Repeat offender Playpickle is back in the spotlight today. Much like last week, in this post I will be doing a deep dive into the modus operandi of the advertiser. Interestingly enough, today’s offender gives us a little glimpse into why it is that bad advertisers are doing what they do in the crazy world […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Nov 7, 2011 in Ad Injectors, Mad Monday, Malvertising

Every Monday I call out an advertiser who is abusing the online advertising ecosystem and the unsuspecting consumers that are a part of it all. I usually tell you which site the ad was found on (referred to as a publisher in the ad world), how it was found, what the ad url is and […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Mad Monday, Uncategorized

Today’s MAD Monday starts with a quick quote: Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer. – Adam Smith (1937, The Wealth of Nations). If you were wandering […]

Quoth the maven

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

From the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection: Once upon a midnight lawful Pondering practices, good and awful, Reading through the U.S. Code For dos and don’ts I parse and claw. I came upon the Trade Commission’s Section 5 with all revisions. “Tell the truth”:  Its admonition. It’s no defense to hem and haw. Support your […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Mad Monday, Malvertising

It’s the same bad advertisers up to the same bad ads. Today PlayPickle and Wisedownloads are propogating their infected software through zdnet (using Google’s ad network) Ad Url: link Ad Landing Page: link (Play Turtle LLC is signing the binaries) Alerts on VirusTotal: 13 — Ad Url: link Ad Landing Page: link (iBryte is signing the binaries) Alerts […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Mad Monday, Malvertising

It’s on days like today (a sunny day in Seattle!) that one gets the impression that everything is going to be alright. The winter is not going to be all that bad in Seattle, the rain is really just not going to make much of a difference and everything will be just fine. When it […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

I am not in the USA this week since I am presenting at Microsoft’s Digital Crime Consortium, so this week’s Mad Monday is a quick one. Go to aol.com and search for “free download chrome”. The ad you are interested in has the filmfanatic display url, it leads here (this is the original ad url […]

The FTC, You and Me

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

When you have a moment or two, take a look through the Federal Trade Commission’s Advertising and Marketing on the Internet: Rules of the Road . This document is more than ten years old, but I love going through it now as much as I did the first time round! In my mind it’s a […]