This week's review of ad fraud and quality in the digital advertising space.
1. IAB report: Mobile, video drive US digital ad revenues past $100 billion
According to the 2018 IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report, U.S. digital advertising revenues reached an all-time high of $107.5 billion — representing the first time that U.S. digital ad revenues surpassed the $100 billion milestone. This was a rise of 22% year-over-year, up from $88.3 billion in 2017. Learn more.
2. Google updates Chrome with anti-tracking privacy tools: What it means for ad tech
"Google’s latest anti-tracking privacy tools update hold the potential to remake the world of digital advertising — and entrench power with its powerbrokers," wrote Digiday. "Google’s update doesn’t involve a hard block on all third-party cookies, rather it gives users the choice to block or not. They won’t be automatically blocked (like with Apple ITP), which will make a big difference for other ad tech vendors."
3. Google Chrome changes can have an impact on device 'fingerprinting'
"Browser fingerprinting isn’t a new tactic, but it’s newly in the headlines as all of the primary web browsers – Safari, Firefox and now Chrome – crack down on the practice in the name of privacy," wrote AdExchanger in a piece exploring the potential fallout. "[A]nyone who’s relying on this common practice in ad tech as a backup plan for when third-party cookies are blocked – either by default or by user choice – needs an alternative."
4. Nielsen: Addressable TV spend to hit $4.7 billion in 2020
"According to Nielsen, addressable ads are predicted to hit $4.7 billion next year -- and will accelerate as more homes add connected TV sets and devices to their living rooms and as changes to the addressable ecosystem take shape," reported MediaPost.
5. Hackers now targeting Internet-of-Things for ad fraud
ThreatPost has published an interview with Dan Demeter, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, in which Demeter says ad fraud is the newest IoT hack.
"A trend that we have been seeing lately is that attackers now, instead of infecting devices with the aim of launching DDoS attacks (or offering DDoS as a service), they instead try to infect devices and use them as proxies," said Demeter. "One of the easiest ways that you can use a device as proxy [in an attack] is to add it to an ad-click campaign."