Researchers have shut down an “expansive” ad fraud scheme that spoofed more than 1,700 applications from 120 publishers and impacted roughly 11 million devices.
The operation gets its name from the use of a DNS evasion technique called Fast Flux and VAST, a Digital Video Ad Serving Template that’s employed to serve ads to video players.
This includes the bundle IDs that belong to legitimate apps so as to conduct what’s called as an app spoofing attack, in which a fraudulent app passes off as a highly-regarded app in an attempt to trick advertisers into bidding for the ad space.
The ultimate objective, per HUMAN, was to register views for as many as 25 video ads by layering them atop one another in a manner that’s completely invisible to the users and generate illicit revenue.
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