A Drive-By Download is the unintentional download of malicious code to your computer or mobile device that may compromise your computer leaving you open to further attack by hackers. Many cyber attacks require a user to do something in order to activate an attack, whereas a drive-by download doesn’t rely on the user at all. All that is needed is for an unsuspecting web user to visit a web page is compromised. This could be a recently compromised news website where malicious code is secretly being downloaded in the background to your device.
Recent evidence published by Google’s vulnerability research team Project Zero has shown mobile phone devices can be hacked through drive-by downloads in addition to desktop and laptop computers.