Russian Methbot : Largest ad fraud operation earns $5 million daily targeting premium domains

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Russian cybercriminals are making between $3 to $5 million dollars daily, by faking clicks on video ads.

Operation Methbot was uncovered by cybersecurity firm White Ops.

More than 6,000 premium domains were targeted and spoofed, and a huge network of bots fired clicks from US-based IP addresses that were obtained using fraudulent means.

Released today, the White Ops report states:

“Using an army of automated web  browsers run from fraudulently acquired  IP addresses, the Methbot operation  is “watching” as many as 300 million  video ads per day on falsified websites  designed to look like premium publisher  inventory. More than 6,000 premium  domains were targeted and spoofed,  enabling the operation to attract millions  in real advertising dollars.”

What is Methbot:

Controlled by a single group based in Russia and operating out of data centers in the US and Netherlands, this bot farm generates $3 to $5 million in fraudulent revenue per day by targeting the premium video advertising ecosystem.

View the report below, or visit Methbot.com for more information.

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