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 […]

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 3, 2011 in Mad Monday

I had breakfast with some former colleagues of mine yesterday morning. The food was good (Lola in Seattle rocks!) and the company was even better. When we started discussing the interesting results I am seeing with my testing/research on ad networks, the husband of one of my former colleagues asked me a very simple question: […]

MAD Monday

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Mad Monday

Introducing MAD Monday, the day of the week where I will post details about a questionable ad that has surfaced during my testing/research. Enter the first post, an ad on the New York Time’s Web site leading to a Landing Page offering a binary which has infected my computer. For the sake of clarity, and […]