Advertising agencies go to great lengths to spread their clients’ messages. Now, researchers have uncovered a new approach: malware.
This month, cybersecurity company Check Point reports that a Chinese group called Yingmob has distributed mobile device malware on a massive scale, apparently alongside a legitimate advertising analytics business.
Listed as based in Beijing's Chaoyang District, Yingmob, a subsidiary of MIG Unmobi Technology Inc., markets itself like any other advertising firm. Its professional-looking website claims its easy-to-deploy ads support text, pictures, and video, and don't affect the user experience. It offers pop-up, sidebar, and in-app adverts.
But Check Point's report claims that part of the company—the “Development Team for Overseas Platform,” which employs a staff of 25 people—is responsible for malware it has dubbed “HummingBad.”