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.