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U.S. Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy (May 15, 2014) (full-text).
This report found that consumers could expose themselves to malware just by visiting a popular website. It noted that the complexity of the industry made it possible for both advertisers and host websites to defer responsibility and that consumer safeguards failed to protect against online abuses. The report also warned that current practices do not create enough incentives for "online advertising participants" to take preventive measures.