Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

How a Banner Ad for H&R Block Appeared on Apple.com

Nate Anderson, Ars Technica:

Robert Silvie returned to his parents’ home for a Mardi Gras visit this year and immediately noticed something strange: common websites like those beloning to Apple, Walmart, Target, Bing, and eBay were displaying unusual ads. Silvie knew that Bing, for instance, didn’t run commodity banner ads along the bottom of its pristine home page — and yet, there they were. Somewhere between Silvie’s computer and the Bing servers, something was injecting ads into the data passing through the tubes.

This is nothing less than asinine.