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May 19, 2014
Dark Reading
The quantity of "malvertising" -- malware distributed via legitimate advertising networks -- has doubled in the past year, and the online advertising industry is failing to blunt its impact on consumers.

May 19, 2014
CNBC
Hacking America and CNBC explore the threats from malvertising and what steps consumers can take to help protect themselves. You've been told repeatedly not to click on suspicious links, to prevent your computer from being infected with malware and viruses. But there's a threat you've probably never heard of that can infect your computer—even without a single click. And lawmakers are taking notice.

May 19, 2014
Digital Journal
Washington - The risk of malware contained in online ads (malvertising) affects everyone, including Google and Yahoo. Consumer online safety is now an official issue. A Senate sub-committee took the two Internet giants to task, and got some interesting answers.

May 19, 2014
National Law Review
Yesterday, May 15th, the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing on “Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy.” The hearing focused on the online advertising industry and “malvertising."

May 18, 2014
Denver Post

The Senate warned Google, Yahoo and other leading technology companies Thursday they need to better protect consumers from hackers exploiting their lucrative online advertising networks or risk new legislation that would force them to do so....

 

May 16, 2014
Help Net Security

Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Executive Director and President Craig Spiezle testified today before the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, outlining the risks of malicious advertising, and possible solutions to stem the rising tide.

May 16, 2014
SC Magazine

The running security issue with so-called `ad farms' operated by Google and Yahoo resurfaced this week after the US Senate heard testimonies from the two IT companies about the dangers of targeted infections on the ad servers, resulting in consequent infection of third-party websites. The attack vector has been called `malvertising' by some security vendors.....

May 15, 2014
Register
The US Senate has issued a report calling for the online advertising industry to improve its security against malware attacks, and for lawmakers to legislate tougher penalties should it fail to do so. The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs said that the advertising landscape as it now exists "makes it impossible" for users to be protected against malware attacks while visiting sites

May 15, 2014
Ad Week

Hidden Dangers of Online Advertising

Google, Facebook, Twitter and other Internet ad companies no doubt saw Congress coming when they reinvigorated industry efforts to combat malvertising and protect consumers. A new report released Wednesday by the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s permanent subcommittee on investigations concluded that the online advertising industry contains “significant vulnerabilities” that cyber criminals exploit to initiate malware attacks against consumers. The report was initiated about a year ago by ranking member Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The report, “Online advertising and hidden hazards to consumer security and data privacy,” was released just ahead of the subcommittee’s hearing where you could find representatives from Yahoo, Google, the Online Trust Alliance, the Federal Trade Commission, as well as the Digital Advertising Alliance.

May 15, 2014
Advertising Age
Senators, FTC Indicate Renewed Push for Legislation in Wake of Report
Sen. John McCain took aim at Google and Yahoo this morning during a Senate hearing on malicious online advertising, stating the companies "have a responsibility to help protect consumers from the potential harmful effects of the advertisements they deliver.

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