Heads Up, Fake Apps: Ads.txt Is Coming For You

Ads.txt is headed to the app ecosystem. What form will it take? That’s still shaking out. The IAB Tech Lab released guidance on Wednesday with several proposals for how to implement Ads.txt within an app environment. Ads.txt is the Tech Lab’s initiative to reduce inventory spoofing and help advertisers distinguish legit supply sources from theContinue reading »

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White Ops And Beachfront Team Up To Prevent OTT Ad Fraud – But How Big Of A Problem Is It?

Video supply-side platform Beachfront Media is expanding its partnership with White Ops, the digital verification vendor that specializes in bot detection, to include over-the-top (OTT) inventory. All inventory passing through Beachfront’s marketplace is now vetted and verified by White Ops, according to Frank Sinton, Beachfront’s founder and chief product officer. But is OTT fraud aContinue reading »

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How The Ad Tech Underbelly Helped Newsweek Media Group Buy Bots

When the International Business Times and its parent Newsweek Media Group were accused in February of buying bots to help win a major ad buy from the Consumer Financial Protection Board, they had a helping hand from PopAds. PopAds, which specializes in pop-unders and didn’t respond to requests for comment, also resells traffic, performs unauthorizedContinue reading »

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Tis The Season For Ad Fraud

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As advertising spend ramps up during Q4, bad actors respond in kind. Attracted by increased ad budget, fraudsters hide their chicanery within the burst of year-end marketing activity. And shorter campaign flights during the holidays mean advertisers don’t have time to check for weird patterns or increased bot activity. “If you’re running a campaign overContinue reading »

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DoubleVerify And SpotX Flag New Type Of Ad Fraud: ‘Verification Stripping’

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The ad server SpotX and ad verification company DoubleVerify have flagged a new type of fraud they’re calling “verification stripping.” DoubleVerify says the new method may be responsible for up to 10% of ad fraud spikes it identifies. Verification stripping happens when fraudsters hinder the transmission of network calls between the ad server and measurementContinue reading »

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Fraudsters Have Media Plans, Too

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Like any good media planner, fraudsters are attuned to time of year, seasonality, demographics, ad formats and trends in consumer behavior. With football season and the MLB playoffs in full swing, they seem to have turned their attention to pro sports sites. “We see a lot of sophisticated invalid traffic targeting premium sites,” said AmitContinue reading »

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Google Offers Refunds For Fraud, But Only On Its Own Terms

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Google’s latest anti-fraud measure aims to stamp out ad fraud by clawing back money from the exchanges where its DSP purchased fraudulent inventory. In Q4, DoubleClick Bid Manager will give advertisers the option to buy only from exchanges that will refund media spend for fraudulent inventory. Over the past month, Google’s DSP has issued advertisersContinue reading »

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P&G Drives TAG Trusted Partner Registrations

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In the two years since the Trustworthy Accountability Group got off the ground, the industrywide fraud-fighting coalition has received more than 350 applications from companies within and outside the United States for TAG registration to get verified as a trusted partner. As of this time last year, the registration count was only about 100 mostlyContinue reading »

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We May Be Losing The War On Ad Fraud (Say The Arms Dealers)

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While the online advertising trade groups have created anti-fraud programs and exchanges have instituted inventory standards, fraud is still on the rise. AdExchanger reached out to some of the people in the trenches about where the digital ad tech and media ecosystem stands now and how progress can be made. Click below for their responses.Continue reading »

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