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How come banner ads appear on popular sites like Apple.com & Bing.com?
Two CMA Communications clients report that banner ads are being placed directly on web pages on favorite sites, and they blame the provider, according to a recent Ars Technica report. Early this year, Robert Silvie and Zachary Henkel noted banner ads on the bottom pages of businesses such as Apple, Walmart, Target, Bing and eBay.
Silvie and Henkel both used the CMA Communications web services company when they discovered the banner ad. Aware that Bing had no banner ads at the bottom of his homepage, Silvie first thought it was the outcome of a Malware outbreak. Because he thought his MacBook Pro was compromised, Henkel immediately scanned other machines over the same network using the same computer network interface.
Everybody renders the same style at the bottom of the Banner Advertising page. Henkel has carried out a number of studies to find the origin of banner advertising, according to his own online shop. Spotted that web queries were sent via a Squid-Proxy-Server running an R66T, where additional ad codes are entered.
Silvie, who had a similar response to Henkel, used Fiddle, a transport inspector to help him determine that sites that weren't delivered via HTTPS contained banner ads that apparently came from R66T.com. Ars Technica quotes that R66T defined itself as a provider of focused contents, information and advertisements for Wi-Fi and high-speed personal Wi-Fi connectivity supporting a location that often offers free accessibility in return for viewing ads locally; but both Silvie and Henkel saw the banner ads over a paylink.
As Silvie and Henkel were blocking R66T domain names, the ads were halted. Henkel lodged a grievance with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 19 alleging that CMA Communications had collaborated with R66T, but was advised that the problem did not come under the FCC's authority to investigate and report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
When Ars Technica's history began, neither CMA nor R66T had given a concrete answer as to whether the banner advertising was the outcome of a relationship between the two or not.