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What Is Cryptojacking?

The spread of bad ads is pretty bad in general, but since 2017— throughout the security software industry — cryptojacking has been known as the Evil Overlord (most menacing and most prevalent) of all cyber threats. Hackers looking to get rich quick from mining cryptocurrency illegally are the culprits, and…

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Delivering Malware Programmatically Is Too Easy

You know what unfortunately is already too easy? Delivering malware to publishers via the open programmatic marketplace. The latest high-profile case involves a fake company called "Amobi" (not to be confused with the legit Amobee) dropping malicious code through a wonky Claritin ad. As tempting as it is to roll…

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Three Pillars of Ad Quality: Time for Compliance

You can point to your specs, you can point to LEAN, but getting compliance from the buy side is still a challenge. So what should an overall framework for creative compliance look like? Brian LaRue explores the importance of working proactively to block bad ad creatives before they hit the…

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Three Pillars of Ad Quality: Beyond Redirects

It's not your imagination—the redirect problem has been peaking in 2018. Publishers are turning to sandboxing as a fix. But sandboxing is only the beginning, considering redirects are just one of many ad quality concerns that need to be addressed now. Brian LaRue asks us to zoom out and broaden…

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What Is Charles Proxy?

As far as malvertising is concerned, redirects remain a particular scourge for ad ops teams. On mobile in particular, a redirect can wreck a user’s session at the least. It’s worse if the user is wise enough to avoid downloading whatever the redirect tells them to download. These attacks are…

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Can Sandboxing Defeat Redirects?

(Editor's Note: Hear more about sandboxing iframes and ad quality at this special attendee session during the PubForum Huntington Beach, March 4-7, 2018.) Recently, premium publishers have reported an uptick in malicious ads on their sites—particularly pesky mobile redirects, the never-ending scourge. While pubs’ first response tends to involve tracking…

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