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Online Shoppers: Before You Click That Ad, Read This

Online ads are increasingly used for illegal purposes such as propagating malicious software, scamming and click fraud.
Online Shoppers: Before You Click That Ad, Read This
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Via Pando Daily:

Christmas is fast approaching, and this year is set to be the biggest ever for online shopping. Hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent by Australians alone.

And every year, the flurry of online activity prompts warnings about the dangers of internet shopping. While this has become less problematic over time as advanced online security technology becomes stronger at both ends of transactions, there is another, lesser-known (and easy) way to fall foul of hackers: malicious advertising.

Web advertising is arguably the most important and lucrative online business. Some 96% of Google’s US$...

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