July 21, 2015

Under Attack: Malware Roundup from Security Pros

Real-Time bidding

For its part, Malwarebytes Labs has seen exploit kit makers abusing Real Time Bidding (RTB) advertising networks to leverage their ability to reach highly targeted recipients, Jean Taggart, senior security researcher at the research arm of the anti-malware company, told Enterprise Technology. This makes replays difficult for researchers, as they have to meet all the conditions in order to trigger the exploit. This technique also allows attackers to leverage RTBs’ granular geo targeting — for example, visitor must be from a specific region, with indicators of a specific configuration before the exploit kit fires. The threats they deliver vary, but the delivery mechanism is getting more and more refined.