Glu Mobile: When It Comes To Ad Fraud, Prevention Is Better Than A Cure

Any sign of bad traffic, and mobile game developer Glu flips the kill switch at the ad network and the publisher levels, said John Parides, Glu’s senior director of user acquisition. “This is something you need to be constantly monitoring,” said Parides, who’s been with Glu for almost five years, during which click spam becameContinue reading »

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One Year Into GDPR, Most Apps Still Harvest Data Without Permission

While good-acting companies knock themselves out trying to comply with data protection and privacy laws, and regulators debate the minutiae of cookie consent policies, bad actors simply couldn’t care less. The front door may be locked, but the basement windows are wide open. Unauthorized data harvesting from mobile apps has continued nearly unabated in theContinue reading »

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Oracle Data Cloud Companies Expose ‘DrainerBot’ App Fraud Scheme

Oracle has uncovered an ad fraud operation it calls “DrainerBot,” which siphoned off ad dollars and monthly data packages. Oracle’s internet infrastructure business Dyn originally discovered the operation after it picked up suspicious activity among some mobile apps using an SDK from Tapcore, a Dutch mobile monetization company. The apps obscured web data with proxyContinue reading »

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Legit Brand Creative Is Getting Hijacked – And Advertisers Need To Start Paying Attention

Walmart, Nike, Amazon, Dell, Honda, Lowe’s – all brand advertisers you can trust, until a bad actor steals their ad creative to use as a vehicle for spreading malware. The problem grows during periods of higher traffic, like the holidays, said Maggie Louie, CEO and founder of DEVCON, a cybersecurity startup focused on fraud detection.Continue reading »

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Former Oath Execs Launch Startup To Fight Malware Before It Strikes

Does the world need yet another tech company to combat malvertising on the internet? “Well, do you still constantly see malvertising when you browse the internet?” said Seth Demsey, co-founder of Clean Creative, an anti-malware company started by a handful of security experts and Oath vets who exited before the name change. Touché. Based inContinue reading »

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Ads.Txt For Apps Is Finally (Nearly) Ready For Primetime

After a protracted, year-long alpha period, the IAB Tech Lab has released the specs in beta for the app version of its Ads.txt initiative to reduce counterfeit ad inventory. The App-ads.txt hold-up was caused by app stores dragging their heels on providing support for the Tech Lab’s preferred solution of using metadata tags – essentiallyContinue reading »

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‘Finally, Somebody Gets Arrested’: Industry Reactions To FBI Ad Fraud Arrests

When people learned in 2014 that ad fraud was a $6.3 billion problem, many asked why no one had been arrested for stealing all that money from brands. Four years later, that day has arrived. “Finally, somebody gets arrested for this,” said Neal Richter, chief architect of Rakuten Marketing Platform. The FBI charged eight peopleContinue reading »

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TAG Claims That A Clean Supply Chain Reduces Fraud By 84%

The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) released a study on Thursday that found an 84% drop in fraud compared to the industry average when all members in the supply chain are vigilant, badged and on the level. TAG analyzed 75 billion display and video impressions across desktop, mobile web and in-app channels to look for sophisticatedContinue reading »

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Fraudsters Are Masquerading As Real DSPs

The first rule of ad fraud: If it can be spoofed, it will be spoofed. Bad actors are pretending to be legit, demand-side platforms to fool exchange partners and blend in with real ad calls as a way to purvey malware and litter the web with forced redirects. “They weasel their way onto the exchanges,”Continue reading »

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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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