- A new malicious ad campaign has been discovered that is capable of triggering as many as 5 million times a day.
- The ‘VeryMal’ malware was first discovered by security firm Confiant.
Security firm Confiant released a report that details a new malware that is capable of triggering advertisements on Mac OS systems. Dubbed VeryMal, the malvertising campaign cleverly hides so well that anti-malware software is not even capable of spotting it. The most common method of spreading malware is code obfuscation, but most malware scanners have adapted to the method which led to the developers of VeryMal using the steganography method.
The most effective way to avoid campaigns like VeryMal is to use ad-blocking software like browser extensions of dedicated desktop apps. Some browsers have started offering built-in ad-blocking features which you may want to look at. Malvertising has been on the rise in recent times with advertisers losing an estimated $1.13 billion due to internet users using ad-blockers.