Analyzing and Detecting Malicious Flash Advertisements

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Executive Summary

The amount of dynamic content on the web has been steadily increasing. Scripting languages such as JavaScript and browser extensions such as Adobe's Flash have been instrumental in creating web-based interfaces that are similar to those of traditional applications. Dynamic content has also become popular in advertising, where Flash is used to create rich, interactive ads that are displayed on hundreds of millions of computers per day. Unfortunately, the success of Flashbased advertisements and applications attracted the attention of malware authors, who started to leverage Flash to deliver attacks through advertising networks.

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