The highest profile case of “malvertising” was last year’s New York Times ad hijack. Hackers posed as a legitimate national advertiser placed an innocuous ad for a week, then switched it out for a malware propagating fake antivirus ad. Dasient says 42% of websites display external advertisements.
Help desk, forums, CRM, CMS and other externally facing web applications can all be exploited, especially if they’re not properly patched. The report sites a whopping 91% of websites have some outdated web applications.
Dasient, founded by former Google engineers Neil Daswani and Shariq Rizvi and former McKinsey strategy consultant Ameet Ranadive, offers malware risk assessment, monitoring and removal services. In addition to various paid services, the company offers a free monitoring tool to notify web masters if their site has been blacklisted. We previously covered Dasient here.