Microsoft's Malicious Ad Lawsuits
Microsoft's lawsuits, announced posted by Associate General Counsel Tim Cranton this week, target businesses with vague names like "Soft Solutions" and "ote2008.info." The businesses, Microsoft says, used popular online ad platforms to hide malicious code and try to infect unsuspecting users -- a process sometimes described as "malvertising." If a user follows a link presented in the ad, he could end up with damaged data or stolen information, or even find his PC under someone else's control.
"This work is vitally important because online advertising helps keep the Internet up and running," Cranton says. "Fraud and malicious abuse of online ad platforms are therefore a serious threat to the industry and for all consumers and businesses."
Just this week, a malicious ad made its way . Readers were greeted by pop-up boxes claiming they had a virus and should go download specialized software to fix it. Following the link may have resulted in an actual virus being transmitted.
The 'Malvertising' Fight