Variety is the name of the game in this quarter’s edition of the SMART Report. In many ways, malvertisers are looking to vary the methods of their attacks, the ways in which they evade detection, and the number of unique mutations they use.
All of this simply means that they are harder to fight. The more different ways a bad actor has to execute an attack, the harder that attack becomes to prevent.
This quarter saw new variations on cloaking attacks, deliberate misuse of standard platform features to execute attacks, and a wider variety of upstream fraud.
Additionally, the bad guys are getting really good at rotating their efforts quickly, executing hundreds of attack mutations each lasting only a short duration. Ultimately this means if you are relying on solutions other than behavioral analysis, by the time you’ve caught on to a specific attack, the malvertisers have already moved on to another mutation.