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Pixalate Week in Review: August 13 - 17, 2018

This week's review of ad fraud and quality in the digital advertising space.

1. How the most popular most app ad sizes are attacked by fraudsters

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Pixalate's latest research reveals which mobile in-app ad sizes have the highest ad fraud (IVT) rates across display and video advertising. The 300x250 video ad size has an invalid traffic (IVT) rate of 17.6% in-app on smartphones, while the 320x480 video ad size has an ad fraud rate of 17.2%.

2. Ad fraud (IVT) rates across popular iPhone and iPad App Store categories

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Pixalate examines invalid traffic ("IVT") rates across popular iOS app categories. The 'Social' app category has the highest display IVT rate on iPhones (10.1%) and iPads (12.6%). The 'Weather' (40.2%) and 'Music' (35%) have high video IVT rates, especially when compared to the display IVT rates in those categories. Learn more.

3. Inside the world of fake YouTube views 

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The New York Times goes deep into the world of fake YouTube views, noting that "plays can be bought for pennies and delivered in bulk, inflating videos’ popularity and making the social media giant vulnerable to manipulation." The article adds: "While YouTube says fake views represent just a tiny fraction of the total, they still have a significant effect by misleading consumers and advertisers."

4. OTT video keeps growing as cord-cutting 

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"We expect the number of US cord-cutters — adults who have ever cancelled a pay TV service and continue without it — to climb by 32.8% this year to 33.0 million," wrote eMarketer. "Meanwhile, the number of subscription OTT video service viewers will rise to 170.1 million, equating to 51.7% of the US population."

5. How hackers used a Chipotle ad to spread malware

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"[H]ackers used a Chipotle ad developed in HTML5 to carry out a malware attack on June 11, 2018 that lasted for more than 7.5 hours until the exchange blocked the creative," reported MediaPost. "One in every 200 programmatic impressions acted as a malicious redirect to attack those viewing the ads. An additional three in 200 were fraudulent in-banner video (IBV) impressions, where the publisher’s display inventory was being misrepresented to video advertisers."

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