Google Says Millions of Internet Users Fall Prey to Ad Injection

The practice, called ad injection, is often carried out by malicious browser extensions or misleading software download packages. The software places ads into websites across the web without permission, and its operators sell those ads for a profit, sometimes to leading brands.

Below is a good example of what Ad Injection looks like in case you come across a website where the display ad banner looks out of place or covers the website content.

In fact the ad is out of place because software (sometimes called malware) has injected it into unknown numbers of websites to sell fraudulently to people operating in the underground.

Google recently released a research paper on Ad Injection which you can find attached to this post.  Some of the comments made from the research report are noted here for your convenience and information;
Click here to read Google full report on ad injection

    “Of the Alexa Top 100, we observe in-property injections into 75% of pages”.   These websites span search engines including google.* and yahoo.*; shopping pages including amazon.*, alibaba.com, ebay.com, and craigslist.org; video sites including youtube.com, dailymotion.com, and xvideo.com (adult); and other popular news and media sites. Based on the most popular websites targeted by multiple injection libraries, we elect to use google.com, amazon.com, and walmart.com as trigger pages for inducing ad injector behaviors”.

Here below are the most powerful and frequently used ad injection domains – by number of infected sites and by percentage of use.

1 superfish.com 3,751,167 3.92%
2 api.jollywallet.com 2,292,685 2.40%
3 visadd.com 1,337,099 1.40%
4 intext.nav-links.com 1,231,504 1.29%
5 {crdrdpjs, rvzrjs, …}.info 665,505 0.70%
6 ads.tfxiq.com 472,745 0.49%
7 noproblemppc.com 423,682 0.44%
8 clkmon.com 358,863 0.38%
9 datafastguru.info 294,261 0.31%
10 easyinline.com 206,157 0.22%
11 donation-tools.org 147,368 0.15%
12 rjs.mzcdn.com 127,849 0.13%
13 apimegabrowsebiz-a.akamai… 105,844 0.11%
14 fcdn.smileyswelove.com 94,665 0.10%
15 apibrowsemarknet-a.akamai… 86,722 0.09%
16 apisurftasticnet-a.akamai… 64,785 0.07%
17 jscripts.org 63,345 0.07%
18 apiwisenwizardne-a.akamai… 60,656 0.06%
19 cdn.taboola.com 60,213 0.06%
20 savingsslider-a.akamai… 59,839 0.06%
21 apimyfindrightco-a.akamai… 59,344 0.06%
22 jsutils.net 45,113 0.05%
23 static.dreamsadnetwork.com 24,780 0.03%
24 gyr.mappingsection.net 22,490 0.02%
25 cluster.adultadworld.com 20,846 0.02%

 

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