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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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Phones on Fire: Who Gets Burned by Mobile Ad Fraud?

A new report from fraud detection company Forensiq sounds the alarm on widespread and ostensibly new forms of mobile ad fraud. But a closer look at how advertisers are getting bilked shows that first responders here need to be not brands, but publishers and other app providers.Forensiq’s report does detail…

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