|The popular music streaming service has been hit by “malvertising”, with a malicious advert pushed through the free tier of the music streaming website opening “questionable” website pop-ups for the app users. For most of them, it simply resulted in pop-up windows opening, but some reported attempted malware installations.
The attacks have been reported in social networks, and Spotify confirmed the reports, announcing that it had identified a problem where some users were experiencing an issue with questionable website pop-ups in their default browsers. The company admitted that it was a result of an isolated problem with an advert on its Free tier. The source of the problem was identified and shut down. Spotify promised everyone to continue to monitor the situation.
In the meantime, the industry observers noted that malvertising had hit some of the biggest online portals and websites, such as Yahoo, the New York Times and the BBC. The roots of the problem lie in the situation where many large websites sell advertising space through a reseller. The latter pulls in code for the ads on the fly based on an open auction, and if malicious code is smuggled on to the ad server, it can be sent to multiple websites at once.
On the other hand, the rise of malvertising became a key driver in the use of ad-blocking software that is able to prevent the adverts being loaded in the first place. The problem is that in-app adverts, like the ones Spotify uses, are much harder to block than ordinary ads. Finally, there is a universal way out for users who are too annoyed by Spotify advertisements: sign up for the service’s premium tier, at $9.99 a month.
Sunday, October 9th, 2016
|posted by (2016-10-10 00:43:03)|
|Call me paranoid but this seems to be a good way to get people to sign up for premium services.|
|yep your paranoid and id suggest 100% correct|
|seems a bit hypocritical to talk about here.||
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