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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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Quality Climbs Up the Chain: A Conversation on Security and QA with The Media Trust’s Chris Olson

As the ultimate destination for advertising and interface for users, digital publishers have long borne the responsibility of preventing malvertising and other nasty business from sneaking through. However, quality control is imperative for all the players in the advertising chain – and in the last few years, exchanges and other…

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Where User Experience and Ad Ops Collide

The latest wave of advertising is giving me some chilling flashbacks to the age of endless animated MySpace banners, pop-unders and other horrors of the aughts. Instead of learning from that assault of awfulness, digital advertising has somehow grown more intrusive and annoying – in-feed units, auto-play video (with sound?!?!),…

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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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How Publishers Guard Against Malvertising

Malvertising, defined as the use of online advertising to spread malicious software (aka “malware”), is a damaging occurrence in online advertising. A malicious advertisement is one that is able to infect a user’s computer with malware.  Malvertising tends to be rare in frequency, but its consequences can be destructive; publishers…

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