3. Android VPN apps with 500M+ installs contain adware
"Google Play Store has a malware problem. And it doesn’t seem to go away despite the company’s best efforts to rein in sketchy apps," reported The Next Web. In a yet another instance of Android adware, New Zealand-based independent security researcherAndy Michael found four Android VPN appswith cumulative downloads of over 500 million that not only serve ads while running the background, but are also placed outside the apps, including the home screen."
4. VPAID specs manipulated to deliver malware
5. Two popular Chrome ad-block extensions caught in ad fraud scheme
According to The Hacker News, "Two widely used Adblocker Google Chrome extensions, posing as the original — AdBlock and uBlock Origin — extensions on Chrome Web Store, have been caught stuffing cookies in the web browser of millions of users to generate affiliate income from referral schemes fraudulently."
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Per the MRC,
“'Fraud' is not intended to represent fraud as defined in various laws, statutes and ordinances or as conventionally used in U.S. Court or other
legal proceedings, but rather a custom definition strictly for advertising measurement purposes. Also per the MRC,
“‘Invalid Traffic’ is defined generally as traffic
that does not meet certain ad serving quality or completeness criteria, or otherwise does not represent legitimate ad traffic that should be included in measurement counts.
Among the reasons why ad traffic may be deemed invalid is it is a result of non-human traffic (spiders, bots, etc.), or activity designed to produce fraudulent traffic.”