Just follow the money. It’s all you need to do.
Large well-respected companies are helping to fund the virulent spread of unwanted and potentially harmful “adware” by paying for advertisements generated by those programs, a new report by CDT finds.
In “Following the Money: How Advertising Dollars Encourage Nuisance and Harmful Adware and What Can be Done to Reverse the Trend,” CDT details how — through a complicated network of intermediaries — major advertisers pay to have their products and services advertised though pop-ups and other ads generated by unwanted advertising software or “adware.”
The report dissects the financial relationships behind those arrangements and identifies a number of mainstream companies that advertise through one particularly unscrupulous adware distributor.