Techniques for Combating Digital Ad Fraud, Transparency, and Viewability

May 16, 2017

If you thought that Russian meddling ended with the election, you’d be mistaken.

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Experts divided on value of Cyber National Guard

March 17, 2017

Two Congressmen suggested that the U.S. create a cybersecurity reserves system, similar to the National Guard, but the idea has received a mixed welcome from the cybersecurity community.

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Bots: Biggest player on the cybercrime block

March 9, 2017

In the world of cybercrime, ransomware and DDoS attacks had the highest profile by far during the past year. There was an entire day devoted to a ransomware “summit” at the recent RSA conference in San Francisco. But when it comes to money being lost (and made), bot fraud is king – by a lot.

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One on One: Why Eliminating Ad Fraud is Possible with Michael Tiffany

March 7, 2017

For the latest DMN One on One podcast we sit with Michael Tiffany, co-founder and CEO at the white hat hacking company White Ops. We discuss white hat hacking, ad fraud, and White Ops' ongoing war against the black hack hackers behind today's inflated fraudulent ad inventory, as well as how ad fraud could potentially finally meet its end.

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White Ops Touts New ‘SDK-less’ Mobile Invalid Traffic Detection Capabilities

March 6, 2017

This week, MMW learned that White Ops, a major player in human verification technology, announced the latest release of its product portfolio, which includes new detection capabilities for invalid traffic on both mobile web and mobile apps.

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New York Times: Russian Hackers Stole Millions a Day With Bots and Fake Sites

December 20, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — In a twist on the peddling of fake news to real people, researchers say that a Russian cyberforgery ring has created more than half a million fake internet users and 250,000 fake websites to trick advertisers into collectively paying as much as $5 million a day for video ads that are never watched. The fraud, which began in September and is still going on, represents a new level of sophistication among criminals who seek to profit by using bots — computer programs that pretend to be people — to cheat advertisers.

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White Ops Exposes Largest and Most Profitable Ad Fraud Bot Operation

December 20, 2016

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/white-ops-exposes-largest-and-most-profitable-ad-fraud-bot-operation-2184586.htm

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Ad Age

December 20, 2016

Next-Level 'MethBot' Ad-Fraud Scam Cost Advertisers At Least $3 Million Per Day, WhiteOps Says. A complex ad fraud scheme has been siphoning $3 million to $5 million per day since October from the largest U.S. brands and media companies, making it the most profitable and advanced operation seen by the industry to date, according to a new report from WhiteOps, an anti-ad fraud security firm.

Next-Level 'MethBot' Ad-Fraud Scam Cost Advertisers At Least $3 Million Per Day, WhiteOps Says
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CNBC

December 20, 2016

White Ops: Scam from Russia White Ops: Scam from Russia 6 Hours Ago | 03:29 A cybersecurity firm says it has uncovered a massive online scam that employs an army of automated web browsers to siphon millions of dollars of advertising per day away from U.S. media companies and brand-name advertisers. The firm, New York-based White Ops, has dubbed the operation "Methbot," because of references to meth buried in the computer code underlying the scam, and says it is the largest and most profitable fraud operation yet to strike digital advertising. The company says the scam, which it believes originated in Russia, is using a so-called bot net to fake views of as many as 300 million video ads per day and trick advertisers to pay for views that were never seen by humans.

Cyber firm says Russian 'Methbot' scam is defrauding digital advertisers
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CSO Online

December 20, 2016

Russian 'Methbot' scammers steal $3 to $5 mil a day by exploiting ad networks. A group of Russian cybercriminals is stealing between $3 and $5 million a day by diverting legitimate advertising revenues from over 6,000 brand-name websites such as ESPN, Vogue, Fortune, Fox News and CBS Sports. The criminals do this by using legitimate data centers to run hundreds of servers pretending to be real people watching hundreds of millions of video ads a day placed on more than a quarter million domains, according to a report released this morning.

Russian 'Methbot' scammers steal $3 to $5 mil a day by exploiting ad networks
Russian cybercriminals have built a new high-tech fraud enterprise: Showing real ads to fake people.

Russian 'methbot' fraud steals $180 million in online ads

The fraud has siphoned more than $180 million from the online ad industry, according to researchers. Dubbed "Methbot," it is a new twist in an increasingly complex world of online crime, according to White Ops, the cybersecurity firm that discovered the operation. "This is a very advanced cyber operation on a scale no one's seen before," said Eddie Schwartz, White Ops chief operating officer.

Russian cybercriminals have built a new high-tech fraud enterprise: Showing real ads to fake people.
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Time to Combine

It’s not surprising that network and security teams aren’t always on the same page. After all, networks need to be fast and efficient, while security is about slowing things down and implementing extra steps to help meet security measures. But when a data breach or security threat strikes, businesses need both teams working together to help get it fixed as soon as possible, especially as networks become more intricate.

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