The Media Trust blocked 5X more malicious ads in 2020

Watch the webinar video, where we dive into the eight key trends highlighted in the report!

MCLEAN, VA., January 28, 2021 – The Media Trust, global leader in quantifying and controlling digital risk, today published new research analyzing malvertising attacks throughout 2020, The Changing Face of Malvertising. The research reveals a 724% increase in malware incidents in programmatic environments since 2014, and confirms that malvertising continues to plague the industry despite the introduction of new mitigation tools and techniques.

The uncertainty of social, political, and economic events throughout 2020 drove an unprecedented rise in fraud, malware, and disinformation across the web. The report highlights eight key trends that will be crucial in tackling malvertising in 2021:

  • Resurgence in clickbait creative—27X growth
  • Rise in inflammatory creative—almost doubled
  • Longer, more frequent test phases
  • Targeting of “at-home” environments—20X growth during pandemic
  • Blocker and ad server evasion
  • Enhanced cloaking efforts
  • Landing page compromise—80% increase
  • Ubiquity of fingerprinting

The dynamic, opaque nature of programmatic introduces security and data protection risks into digital advertising transactions. Adding to this the fact that revenue teams are responsible for making these security and privacy-based decisions presents an ideal scenario for bad actors. 

“Despite new tools like creative blockers, malvertising continues to get exponentially worse,” stated Chris Olson, CEO of The Media Trust. “Until publishers and their AdTech partners identify and control the third-party code executing through their environments, they remain ideal targets for bad actors taking advantage of the programmatic ecosystem to propagate their misdeeds.”

Learn more by watching this webinar video featuring Pat Ciavolella, Director of Digital Security & Operations; Cory Schnurr, Head of Marketplace Innovation; and, Gavin Dunaway, Product Marketing.

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