Methbot revenue compared to other ad fraud operations revenues.

On December 20, researchers from White Ops reported that a scheme dubbed “Methbot,” is a Russian operation set up to watch up to 300 million video-based adverts automatically every day. Their research has uncovered a bot farm that is estimated to be fraudulently stealing millions in revenue from online video advertising companies. The operation was named “Methbot” by the New York-based security firm because of actual references to meth in the bots code. The Russian run bot uses an army of automated web browsers executed from fraudulently acquired IP addresses to deliver as many as 300 million fake video ad plays a day, tricking advertisers to pay for views thatRead More →