New Data From Adjust Shows a Rise in Ad Fraud Across all Verticals, With Fraudsters Increasing Faking Organic Metrics

Fraudulent activity in gaming increased by 172.95% between August 2019 and 2020, with the US seeing a surge of 310.29% in the same timeframe Newly released data from app marketing platform Adjust, indicates mobile ad fraud is not only rising, but that failing to stop it can distort critical marketing data used for business decisions. The research found that fraudsters are not only faking paid installs, but also organic traffic — installs that cannot be attributed to any marketing activities — in order to hide the paid…

CHEQ Report: Cost of Digital Ad Fraud Will Rise to $35 Billion Globally in 2020

‘Perfect storm’ of recession, complexity, and ‘unaccountable’ political spending sees record ad-fraud rates Marketing losses due to ad fraud will rise to $35 billion in 2020, a global economic study by CHEQ has revealed. The cybersecurity company has undertaken a report detailing the full scale of ad fraud with economist Roberto Cavazos, a professor at the University of Baltimore, using the latest economic analysis, proprietary CHEQ data, and industry interviews. The report finds that while direct global economic costs of…

DoubleVerify Announces Exclusive Partnership with Yahoo! JAPAN To Power Their Standard Feature of Ad Fraud and Brand Safety Protection

DoubleVerify (“DV”), a leading software platform for digital media measurement, data and analytics, announced an exclusive partnership with Yahoo! Japan Corporation (“Yahoo! JAPAN”), a leading media platform in the region, to power their standard feature of traffic policy management and compliance across the Yahoo! JAPAN Ads Display Ads platform. Beginning in Q1 2021, advertisers will be able to run advertising campaigns with this enhanced standard feature of Yahoo! JAPAN Ads Display Ads, leveraging DoubleVerify’s global…

Kubient Discovers New “Weasel” Injection Ad Fraud Scheme

Kubient, the cloud advertising marketplace that enables advertisers and publishers to reach, monetize and connect their audiences efficiently and effectively, announced its latest findings of fraudulent activity occurring within the programmatic ecosystem. Via its patent pending Kubient Artificial Intelligence (KAI) ad fraud prevention, now available to the public, Kubient detected Wease.IM, a scheme that was duping brands and their supply- and demand- side platforms into purchasing fake traffic. Index Exchange, PubMatic,…

Australia Safest for Video Impressions; APAC has Lower Ad Fraud Rates on Programmatic Buys Across All Channels

In its latest report on ad fraud risks, Integral Ad Science (IAS) has reported key statistics on adtech and brand safety trends in the APAC and Australia. According to the report titled, “Media Quality Report for H1 2020”, Australia had notable reductions in total brand risk for video impressions — both desktop video and mobile web video. Compared to this startling trend in Australia, Japan was facing quite the opposite. Advertisers in Japan witnessed a spike in brand safety violations due to complex issues in the…

How Brands Mimicking Consumer Behavior Is Crucial to Getting Ahead of Ad Fraud

2020 has been a tumultuous year by any standard, with some industries suffering greatly while others experienced increased business as a result. The global lockdown has seen the digital landscape grow sharply as many physical activities and experiences were forced to suddenly cease because of government regulation. The gradual shift to online activity has been clear for many years, but the recent circumstances have pushed online adoption forward the best part of decade, as consumers were forced to dispense with any…

Aniview Doubles Down on Commitment to Fight Ad Fraud with TAG Recertification

Aniview Inc., a leading technology provider of video ad-serving, playing and premium monetization capabilities, announced its recertification by the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) for the TAG Certified Against Fraud Seal, recognizing its commitment in the fight against fraudulent digital advertising. TAG awards certification to select companies that achieve its rigorous standards to protect the digital advertising industry from fraud, malware, piracy and lack of transparency. "Recertification by TAG is…

Outbrain Selects CHEQ for Global Ad Fraud Protection

Outbrain, the world's leading discovery and native advertising platform on the open web, recently selected CHEQ's cybersecurity-backed offering to secure its digital media from non-human, invalid and fraudulent traffic. This additional layer of ad-fraud protection now sits on top of Outbrain’s existing, rigorous defenses. “Ad fraud is a consistent problem plaguing the digital advertising industry,” said Yossi Amara, Chief Information Officer at Outbrain. “By partnering with CHEQ, we are taking the…

UK AD Fraud Analysis Demonstrates Success of Coordinated Industry Anti-Fraud Programmes

TAG UK Fraud Snapshot Conducted by the 614 Group Finds 76 Percent Less IVT in TAG Certified Channels vs. UK Industry Average The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), a self-regulatory advertising industry initiative to fight criminal activity in the digital advertising supply chain, released a snapshot of ad fraud in the United Kingdom, showing dramatically lower  Invalid Traffic (IVT) rates in TAG Certified Channels in the UK when compared with UK industry averages. Conducted by The 614 Group, the analysis found a…

AdMaven Launches New Security Features to Combat Ad Fraud

AdMaven, one of the world's leading advertising networks, is unveiling its advanced security capabilities that will help its growing network of advertisers use the self-service platform with confidence and reassurance. Marketing Technology News: Screen-Free Learning Platform, Yoto, Selects 5W Public Relations as Agency of Record According to research commissioned by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), in the US alone, advertisers lost $7.2bn to bot fraud in 2019, up from $6.3bn in 2015. Security,…

Dealer.com Maintains Commitment to Ad Fraud Protection with TAG Recertification Against Fraud

For the third consecutive year, Dealer.com has earned a TAG Certified Against Fraud Seal from the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), the leading global certification program fighting criminal activity and increasing trust in the digital advertising industry. Dealer.com is the only automotive-specific digital advertising company to carry this coveted designation. Since 2016, Dealer.com, a premiere automotive industry end-to-end marketing solution, has been devoted to combating fraudulent advertising activity to ensure…

Fraudlogix Offers Free Ad Fraud Solution to Programmatic Businesses Affected by COVID-19

In an effort to help alleviate some of the impact and uncertainty the Coronavirus COVID-19 is creating for their customers and for the programmatic community as a whole, Fraudlogix has committed to providing the Lite version of their ad fraud, viewability and brand safety service for free until Oct. 1, 2020 to all companies that may benefit In an effort to help alleviate some of the impact and uncertainty the Coronavirus COVID-19 is creating for their customers and for the programmatic community as a whole, Fraudlogix has…

93% of Mobile Transactions Blocked as Fraudulent in 2019 Says New Report on Mobile Ad Fraud by Upstream

98,000 Malicious Android Apps and 43 Million Infected Devices in 20 Countries 93 percent of total mobile transactions in 20 countries were blocked as fraudulent in 2019 according to a report on the state of malware and mobile ad fraud released by mobile technology company, Upstream. The “Invisible Digital Threat” data is based on deployments of Upstream’s Secure-D full-stack anti-fraud platform that detects and blocks fraudulent mobile transactions mostly originated from ad fraud malware. The platform at the end of 2019…

Can Dialogue Advertising Eliminate Much of Digital Ad Fraud as We Know It?

Brands continue to pour more and more billions of dollars into digital advertising campaigns – nearly all of which are visually designed and/or wordsmithed to compel consumers to click. Research by AppNexus finds that advertisers in the US. spent nearly $100 billion on digital ads in 2018, and projects that digital ad spend will surpass offline ad spend by the end of 2020. Naturally, criminals willing to engage in fraudulent behavior are eager for their own piece of this gigantic pie. A report by The&Partnership…

Limpid Receives TAG Certified Against Fraud Seal, Continues Commitment To Fight Ad Fraud

Limpid, the data-driven advertising technology platform, announced today it has been “Verified by TAG” and approved for listing in the TAG Registry of known and trusted players in the digital ad ecosystem TAG is an advertising initiative created to fight criminal activity across the digital advertising supply chain and provides a variety of certifications and resources to support this goal. Also Read: 75 Inspiring Martech Leaders Who Are Prepared for 2020 The TAG Registry is enabling companies to feel confident that…

Ad Fraud: The New Way to Launder Money

What happens when you ignore a crime that you perceive as victimless? Brands are writing off the monetary losses of ad fraud as a cost of doing business, but is there another reason to take fraud prevention seriously? Why are lawmakers like Senator Mark Warner in the US slowly turning their attention to ad fraud, and what’s really at stake when $19Bn/year goes missing? To help understand the significance of funds going missing with no apparent harm done, think back to a time when money laundering - the process of…

Opinion: In Order to Beat Ad Fraud, Prevention Is the First, Most Important Line of Defense

While some within the industry might have previously brushed off ad fraud as an annoying itch, everyone from advertisers to agencies and ad networks are starting to come to grips with the immense threat it poses. With estimates of ad fraud in 2019 set to total $18.7 billion in North America - 36% of estimated global loss, it’s not hard to see why. Discoveries of high profile fraud operations and litigation have been coming in hard and fast, and from major household brands to boot. For example, Uber recently filed lawsuits…

Digital Advertiser Alert: All Display Ad Campaigns are Robbed by Ad Fraud. How Much Does an Advertiser Lose? Find Out in 7 Seconds

Ad Tech startup tribeOS co-founder Matt Gallant releases proprietary online tool that instantly reveals the damage ad fraud causes in real time Digital ad fraud is the second most profitable organized crime next to drug trafficking. The theft is invisible. Digital advertisers have no way of knowing which ads were feasted on by bots instead of being seen by live human beings. Research has shown that a whopping 77% of display ads are never seen and more than half (52%) of web traffic is not generated by humans.…

Thwarting Digital Ad Fraud at Scale: An Open Source Experiment with Anomaly Detection

Ad fraud continues to be a thorn in the side of digital advertisers, as bot traffic and fraudulent human activity falsely inflates ad statistics. Such activity forces unwitting brands to shell out for clicks or impressions that have no hope of reaching – let alone converting – potential customers. A recent study by White Ops and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) finds that advertisers lost around $5.8 billion to ad fraud last year. On the brighter side, the study also found that efforts to defeat ad fraud – using…

Combatting Ad Fraud Requires Smart People, Not Just Smart Tech

Ad fraud is a plague on the industry, with some estimating that as much as 30% of advertising goes unseen by consumers or roughly 21,000 trillion ads. This year alone, fraudulent advertising is expected to cost businesses $23 billion, money that’s essentially wasted on bots and fraudsters. Unfortunately, fraud has become such a pervasive problem that many marketers just chalk it up to the cost of doing business. They even plan for it in their budgets, opting to take the lower-cost buy, knowing that nearly 20% of it could be…