Inside Adform’s ‘Hyphbot’ ad fraud takedown - TheDrum

Read this article from Ronan Shields of The Drum, in which the operation of "Hyphbot" is described. Hyphbot is the name of a botnet discovered by Adform, estimated to be generating revenues of $500,000/day. Adform's CRO, Jay Stevens, called Hyphbot a "call to arms" for the adtech industry.

Adform consulted MMI for peer review prior to the publication of their findings. 

Method Media Intelligence to Present an Intro to Digital Ads and Ad Fraud at the RocketSpace Campus

Method Media Intelligence will present an Intro to Digital Ads and Ad Fraud at the RocketSpace campus to corporate members. At this event, Shailin Dhar and Praneet Sharma will give an overview of the monetization of the internet, and an in-depth look into how user attention and user data get fed into the ecosystem of online advertising. 

RSVP for the event here.

Shailin Dhar and Praneet Sharma Presented at the 5th Prague Marketing Festival

Shailin Dhar and Praneet Sharma presented at the 5th Prague Marketing Festival on Friday, November 10th. The event brought together 1,700 marketers and 9 speakers from around the world to discuss current challenges in digital marketing. 

Shailin and Praneet covered the basics of ad fraud: what it is, why it happens, how it is done, and what individuals can do to help stop it.

Read their presentation here.

Here Is What The IAB’s Ads.Txt Initiative Will Do And What It Won’t Do - Which50

Read this article from Andrew Birmingham of Which50. The focus of this piece is the benefits and limitations of the ads.txt initiative. 

Shailin Dhar explains that ads.txt increases transparency of who publishers selling inventory to, but does not address the problem of fraudulent traffic. The benefit of ads.txt is that is that it can show if an impression was either spoofed, resold, or injected by adware.

No, Blockchain Won’t Upend Digital Marketing — Yet. But The Potential Is Real - Which50

Read this article from Andrew Birmingham of Which50. The focus of this piece is the application of blockchain technology in digital advertising.

Praneet Sharma explains that the main blockchain networks cannot and should not handle the scale of digital advertising. He argues that a good capability would be to “side-chain” information into a separate blockchain and merge it back into the main one. This is required for impression-level tracking. For other things, like supply verification, the transaction rate is not of much concern. 

MMI's Shailin Dhar and Praneet Sharma to Present at 5th Prague Marketing Festival on November 10th, 2017

Shailin Dhar and Praneet Sharma will be presenting at the 5th Prague Marketing Festival on Friday, November 10th, at 2:55 PM local time. The event brings together 1,700 marketers and 9 speakers from around the world to discuss current challenges in digital marketing. 

Shailin and Praneet will cover the basics of ad fraud: what it is, why it happens, how it is done, and what individuals can do to help stop it.

The advertising industry has been living a lie - Business Insider

Read an article from Mike Shields of Business Insider. In this piece, Shailin explains why marketers complaining about the lack of transparency in digital advertisements may equally be at fault, provided they are not examining domain reports.  

Gotham City Research Goes After Criteo Asking, “Is It Malware?” Promises New Disclosures

Read commentary from Which-50.com, a source for Australian digital marketing intelligence. In this report, Andrew Birmingham summarizes a report from Gotham City Research which questions the legitimacy of services provided by Criteo, a retargeting company.

The Gotham City Research report includes a document authored by Method Media Intelligence. The contents of this document were released without MMI's permission or knowledge, but MMI stands by the integrity of its own analysis.

Ad Fraud Everywhere - Software Engineering Daily

Listen to Shailin Dhar's interview on the Software Engineering Daily Podcast. The focus of this podcast is how bots and poorly aligned incentives lead to systemic failures and significant financial loss for brands who purchase advertising.

MMI's Shailin Dhar Featured in LA AdTech Panel: Blockchain in AdTech

Shailin Dhar was featured in MetaX's LA AdTech Panel, hosted in Santa Monica, CA. The panel was composed of close to 100 people with backgrounds ranging from programmatic advertising to dApp development. 

Watch a recording of the event here.

Shailin Dhar Exposes Systemic Fraud in Digital Advertising

Read Shailin Dhar's interview with MetaX, where he outlines the challenges faced by participants in the digital marketing ecosystem. Then, Shailin discusses how implementation of blockchain can bring a new level of transparency to digital advertising.

Ad Fraud In Our Own Backyard - Software Engineering Daily

Listen to Shailin Dhar's interview on the Software Engineering Daily Podcast. The focus of this podcast is how the online advertising industry has become like a "casino", and the details about eZanga and its contract with the US Government.

Q&A...Ad Fraud - Stack

Ryan Kangisser, founder of Stack I/O, interviewed Method Media Intelligence's Shailin Dhar.

Ryan and Shailin discussed the recent ANA report, immediate challenges facing digital advertising, and how brands can tackle fraud. Shailin believes that firms need to start with education, because "If a brand’s marketing teams are empowered with the knowledge about ad-fraud it is much easier to hold their agencies and other ad-technology partners accountable when the issue of fraud arises."

Fraud Crusader Says Ad Tech Firms, Others, Continue To Profit From Selling Fraudulent Impressions

Read Shailin Dhar's interview with Tobi Elkin from MediaPost, where he describes how his own entry in the the digital marketing industry, and how misaligned incentives have created a moral hazard.