RoughTed isn't malware that gets installed on your system directly--it's malvertising that operates from a variety of domains with the ultimate goal of getting you to click on a link that executes malicious code.
Malvertising targets everyone--mobile users, Windows, and macOS are all subject to damage from false ads. RoughTed domains have been seen installing exploit kits, malware, ransomware, and other dangerous code.
At its peak in early to mid 2017 RoughTed affected over 28% of organizations across the globe.
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