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Slides of Our Lives: Beat Ad Counterfeiting by Buying Your Own Inventory

One of the main goals of Ads.txt is to combat domain spoofing. It's angled to be both simple to understand and implement, and harder for bad actors to game than good old whitelisting and blacklisting. But there's more to ads.txt than slapping together a list of partners who are authorized…

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The Buy Side Gotta Check Itself

Last week a lot of my industry connections passed around the Buzzfeed story, “Attack of the Zombie Websites,” about a programmatic, bot-driven web of lies that may have shorted advertisers tens of millions of dollars. Although it was meticulously reported, I had a hard time reading the full article not…

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Through a Scanner Frequently: When Malvertisers Evade the Scanners

Earlier in 2017, savvy publishers and platforms started noticing a gnarly new breed of mobile redirects, one that’s particularly evasive to common-practice malware prevention methods. It’s a new page in the standard playbook malvertisers long ago developed to skirt around the watchdogs in the ad ecosystem, one that allows them…

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How Is Blockchain Digital Media’s Concern? A Conversation with Ken Brook of MetaX

It's becoming more common to hear industry folks suggest that blockchain holds certain keys for tightening up security in the ad ecosystem--providing verification and reducing fraudulent bot activity. Regardless, it's still common for other media types to respond, with at least a whiff of doubt, "What's blockchain gotta do with…

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