What is Malvertising?

Forbes recently published their popular annual “30 UNDER 30” article. In order to read the article, online visitors with ad blockers installed were prompted to turn them off. Those that did were immediately hit with a malware attack to install a fake Java update. This is known as malvertising, and it’s becoming a serious threat.
Malvertising’s rise cannot be understated. From June 2014 to February 2015, the amount of malware served by advertising networks tripled (via Cyphort). Many of these instances involved top 100,000 Alexa sites. For perspective, the sites in the 99,000-100,000 range regularly have 5,000 or more daily visitors. A well-crafted attack could cataclysmically devastate the internet.

Google’s DoubleClick and Yahoo’s Gemini platforms have both allowed malicious advertisers in. The Angler exploit kit, the latest to gain notoriety, got onto the Yahoo, MSN, and DailyMail websites among others. Over 7 billion visitors of these sites were at risk. This may sound like a one-and-done type of issue, but the Nuclear, Magnitude, and Fiesta exploit kits have also used malvertising to infect computers. Obviously, there is a glaring problem with online advertising networks that has no solution in sight.

Seven’s AdClear nullifies this threat for Android users. Our patented VPN keeps advertisers from being present while browsing the web or using applications. Encrypted ads, the source of most malicious attacks, are kept away by our SSL certificate. AdClear users know that they have protection against such viral ad infections. AdClear is available to download completely free from our website – https://www.seven.com/android-adblocker-download

About SEVEN Networks

SEVEN Networks software solutions deliver device-centric mobile traffic management and analytics for wireless carriers. Extending control from the network to the mobile client gives operators the power to manage and optimize data traffic before it impacts the network. Device-based analytics offer deeper and timelier insight than solutions that are solely network based. SEVEN’s Open Channel products reduce operator costs, increase efficiency in the use of wireless infrastructure, and enhance end-user experience. They bring immediate capacity relief to overloaded networks, simplify the creation of innovative new service plans, and provide actionable intelligence for mobile carriers.
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