Ads Infected With Nasty Viruses

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) knows how to sell fear (a trait they’ll no doubt need under new management).

In a development that could threaten the explosive growth of online advertising, hackers have started to exploit security holes in the online-advertising chain to slip viruses into ads. Just going to a site that shows such an ad can infect a user’s computer.

I’m not saying malicious hackers aren’t vermin (and that this isn’t an important story). I’m just saying.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.