Report: Clickfraud malware a gateway to other threats
Malware that secretly clicks on ads in order to defraud advertisers might seem generally harmless to infected machines, but can serve as a gateway to more serious infections, according to a report released today by Damballa.
Clickfraud malware has been showing up a lot this year, said Stephen Newman, CTO at security vendor Damballa, with about 32 million active infections spotted in the company’s customer base during the first half of this year, or about 210,000 per day.
According to the Association of National Advertisers, it costs US businesses about $6.3 billion a year in wasted ad money.
But how much of a threat is it to enterprises with infected machines?
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