Pixalate’s Secret War on Xindi Botnet (Intro) — Full. Spectrum. Goddamn. Cyber.

On 18th of November Mediapost, an advertising industry mouthpiece wrote a story on Pixalate’s findings and the alleged Xindi botnet costing companies $3 billion by end of 2016. This led to what seems like parroting of the original story widely in media, including leading security press. The paper anyhow is not research, but marketing and … 

 

THIS IS WHY WE CANT HAVE NICE THINGS

Banner ads are the advertising version of toxic waste. Advertising is a form of waste in itself: people waste their attention and in some rare case money advertisers waste their money in beating each other As toxic waste is to waste, banners are to advertising. If you disagree, can you then go ahead and name … 

 

DARK  SIDE OF GOOGLE

TL;DR Google is the biggest company in the world and makes 90% of its money from online ads. Google’s ad revenues are based on commissions it receives from ad buys on its system. When an advertiser buys an ad impression from some site through Google, the publisher takes a cut and Google keeps the rest. … 

 

EIGHT AD FRAUD PREDICTIONS NOBODY IN ADTECH WANTS TO MAKE — part 2

2015 was the first year when the advertising industry started to widely talk about ad fraud. It is also the first year when the advertising industry started to understand its own involvement in ad fraud, and saw that no longer it would be possible to pretend that itself was not the one who made the … 

 

EIGHT AD FRAUD PREDICTIONS NOBODY IN ADTECH WANTS TO MAKE — part 1

2015 was the first year when the advertising industry started to widely talk about ad fraud. It is also the first year when the advertising industry started to understand its own involvement in ad fraud, and saw that no longer it would be possible to pretend that itself was not the one who made the … 

 

RESEARCHER: Here is the Fight Against Ad Fraud > #JOINFAST #GG

If you’re working as a security researcher, you must have heard about how cybercriminals use advertising networks to make billions of dollars per year. Or that using these same ad networks has become a popular way to deliver malicious payloads at massive scale for criminals, and a method of mass-surveillance for the authorities. Until now …