Disrupted Advertising – another nail in the coffin of the unwanted

RansomeWare goes public and creates more negative perception of advertising

iDisrupted Commentary

The online advertising business seems to be in a death spiral – it’s in a truly miserable state – all kicked off last year with Apple providing an ad disable switch in iOS9 – the take up of ad blocking software is now a real problem for marketers wanting to get to millennials – even the network carriers are starting to block ads.

Just as it couldn’t get any worse for publishers and advertisers – it did. . .

From Malwarebytes: “During the past few weeks, malvertising activity was a little bit on the decline, at least within our own telemetry. We were mainly seeing the usual suspects pushing a lot of Magnitude EK related infections and the occasional tech support scam.

From PhotoDune
Disrupted Advertising – Ransomeware?

However, out of the blue on the weekend we witnessed a huge spike in malicious activity emanating out of two suspicious domains. Not only were there a lot of events, but they also included some very high profile publishers, which is something we haven’t seen in a while:


PublisherTraffic (monthly)*

* Numbers pulled from SimilarWeb.com.

Rogue domains:

Domain Name: TRACKMYTRAFFIC.BIZ Creation Date: 2016-02-27 Sponsoring Registrar: PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com Registrant Organization: PrivacyProtect.org IP address: (CloudFlare)

Domain Name: TALK915.PW Creation Date: 2016-02-25 Sponsoring Registrar: PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com Registrant Name: Rocko Mantas Registrant Organization: Best Media ltd IP address: (CloudFlare)