Ad blocker is mandatory
I really suspect I'm preaching to the choir here, but let me be the one to state the obvious.
This is why you need an ad blocker everywhere you go, or you're just having random sex without condoms in Haiti. Every single ad network has been compromised at some point, even the small 'indie' ones you'd like to support, and most of them have been compromised repeatedly because the attackers are more determined than the ad companies. Even if they beg you to turn off ad blocking, don't, or you'll get hit by a driveby.
I subscribe where I can - and if El Reg had an option I would do it (am I missing one?). I read you as much as I read Ars Technica, which I subscribe to.