I've contacted the site's team to ask what the story is; someone there told The Register that they're looking into it, but I'll update if I hear back with more details.
What can you do? Well, this is a great reason to install an ad blocker, if you haven't already: in addition to getting rid of intrusive ads and trackers, some of them block unknown scripts or have a blacklist of known malicious ones. I use uBlock Origin, which also makes it easy to whitelist sites (like this one) that only feature organic, free-range advertisements. But you could also use NoScript, AdBlock, or any one of the many out there, depending on your platform and browser.