This week's review of ad fraud and quality in the digital advertising space.
1. Q4 2019 digital video trends: OTT/CTV ad spend surges
eMarketer this week released its Q4 2019 Digital Video Trends report, highlighted by the surging ad spend in OTT and Connected TV (CTV). "Roku keeps expanding its publisher roster: In Q2 2019, there were 3,296 apps in the Roku app store that support advertising, up from 2,449 in Q2 2018, according to ad fraud monitoring vendor Pixalate," wrote eMarketer.
2. FBI says Russian apps could be a 'counterintelligence threat'
"The FBI is treating any mobile app that comes out of Russia as a 'potential counterintelligence threat,' the U.S.’s top law enforcement agency said in a letter to Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer," reported Bloomberg.
3. FBI warns consumers that their smart TVs could be spying on them
"In a pre-holiday message to consumers, an FBI field office is warning that 'smart TVs' -- televisions equipped with internet streaming and facial recognition capabilities -- may be vulnerable to intrusion," wrote CNN. "In addition to outlining how new advanced technological features risk allowing television manufacturers and app developers to snoop on consumers, the bureau says malicious cyber actors can also take control of unsecured smart TVs and potentially wreak havoc on unsuspecting owners."
4. Senate reveals digital privacy bill
"Democratic senators [recently] revealed a new online privacy bill that could mark a milestone in the lengthy push for a federal privacy law," reported CNBC. "The bill would provide protections for digital consumers and establish a new bureau within the Federal Trade Commission to enforce digital privacy rights."
5. Beware of the holiday surge in ad fraud
Security Boulevard runs through "the annual holiday cybercrime surge," including a rise in ad fraud. "After attackers have harvested plenty of accounts and start to monetize that with card fraud, they transition their bot activity to another lucrative venue: ad fraud," wrote Security Boulevard. "According to Radware, the onslaught of advertising fraud usually happens right after Cyber Monday. Last year, programmatic advertising vendor Pixalate found that ad fraud increased 24% during the holidays."