Windows 10 Users Are At Risk of Security Threats Posed by Malicious Adverts

Must Read

Looking For A Job At Amazon? Jeff Bezos Is Willing To Hire Everyone If……

The global pandemic Covid-19 has thrown the whole world into complete chaos. Amid this perilous situation, one...

CII Suggests India Implement Its Own Version Of “Helicopter Drop” Amid The Covid-19 Outbreak

After Canada, Singapore, Australia and the US, it's time for India to work on a financial plan...

Facebook To Invest In Reliance Jio To Redefine The Market Equations in India?

Since the launch of Reliance Jio in the year 2016, Reliance Industries, owned by Mukesh Ambani, the...

Researchers have warned that the Windows 10 users are under immense risk due to the rise of a new security threat. Due to this, many Windows 10 desktop users have lately experienced a number of malicious adverts popping up on their screens as well as apps, including those which are scamming tech support adverts as well as malware.

What makes this even worse is the fact that these malicious adverts are presented in Windows applications that support advertisements, so the OS or ad-blocking software would not be able to prevent them. Till now, these adverts, also known as the “Malvertising Campaign,” have delivered more than 100 million ads like these till June 2019. Moreover, their targets of attack also extend beyond the surface of apps included in Windows 10.  

Who Is the Attackers’ Target?

It is confirmed by Confiant engineer Eliya Stein that these attacks also have other sources of delivery rather than just in-app adverts. It has further been pointed out that although the attacker has been leaning more towards Windows and iOS desktops, other desktops and mobile devices are also equally at risk.  

Advertisements

Rumours suggest that these advertisements have been generated from some Microsoft Games as well as the Microsoft News application and Outlook. Studies have also shown that these malware advertisers, operating under the name “Fiber-Ads,” have been heavily relying on redirections and processes that do not require any user exchange. They have thus been using such actions to forcefully lead the users to phishing, scamming or malware pages.

How Does This Malvertiser Work?

According to the investigation conducted by Confiant, Fiber-Ads has been operating out of Hong Kong and has partnered with many authorized Demand-Side Platforms (DSP) who act as agents of automatic advertisement placements. These placements farther target potential users for the different ads as they browse the internet on their desktops.

By collaborating with legitimate DSPs, the malicious advert, aka malvertsier, has been getting access to premium users and audiences, who are usually the targets of high value in the malware advertising industry. These malvertisers, in addition, operate across two basic models of business. The first model acts as the owner of the delivery chain. The second acts as an intermediary. In this case, Fiber-Ads has been targeting the latter. 

How is Advertising Being Manipulated?

Since Fiber-Ads has been partnering with authorized DSPs, they are gaining access to the inventory of those users who can be easily sourced on the internet and are easy targets of frauds by ad-clicks and phishing emails.

Additionally, DSPs offer an inventory of advertisements that have been put up for sale by website owners or app developers. Therefore, when advertisers actually buy ad placements from these DSPs, they are able to target their desired users while the latter browse different websites.

Advertisements

Therefore, this malvertiser has basically been earning revenue as a middle man as well as by scamming people and generating malware into their desktops.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Facebook Users Who Dumped It Earlier Are Returning Back To The Platform!

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is gaining ground and it's no less than a surprise to know who is...

Zoom iOS App Caught Sharing User Data With Facebook! Are You Using It?

With the growing number of people worldwide now trying to adapt to the ‘work-from-home’ situation amid the Covid-19 outbreak, Zoom which is...

A New WhatsApp Scam Is So Lucrative That You May Find Difficult To Resist

As the usage of social media and mobile messaging apps has surged tremendously worldwide due to the social distancing and lockdowns to...

Switch Off Your Amazon Alexa If You Are Working From Home!

Weeks after the widespread of the coronavirus, countries continue to go into lockdown mode for more weeks to come. People are advised...

Facebook Portal TV: Once Mocked Widely, Now Sold Out Completely!

Two years go, Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) released the first device in their Portal video calling series. This move brought them a lot...

Facebook To Invest In Reliance Jio To Redefine The Market Equations in India?

Since the launch of Reliance Jio in the year 2016, Reliance Industries, owned by Mukesh Ambani, the richest man in India, has...

In-Depth: Dprime

YouTube Should Have Bid Adieu To Dislike Button Much Earlier?

Online video sharing platform YouTube can be a ruthless place for content creators targeted by 'dislike mobs'. And the site owners totally understand that...

Facebook Has Pulled Off A Masterstroke By Integrating Its ‘Family Of Apps’?

It’s indeed hard to believe that ONE man sitting at Menlo Park, oversees how nearly a third of the world’s population interacts with each...

Facebook’s Crunch Conquest: By Relying Largely On The US Market, Is Facebook Running a Risk?

Two billion! That's Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) for you - Right when you thought that this social-media giant has already connected the entire world, it's...

More Articles Like This