DataVisor Threat Labs Report: The Underworld of App Install Advertising

Mobile marketers are in a race against fraud. Traditional cost-per-impression (CPM) and cost-per-click (CPC) advertising is unreliable since it can be easily overrun by spoofed traffic from automated software. In an effort to better define metrics that identify real and valuable users, the mobile advertising landscape has shifted to cost-per-install [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Company News, Threat Blogs|0 Comments

Introducing the DataVisor Online Fraud Report

As DataVisor Co-Founder and CEO Yinglian Xie says in her foreword to the Inaugural DataVisor Online Fraud Report, “Data is power.” We have no shortage of data here at DataVisor and we have taken the opportunity to unlock it and analyze the results. Through our Global Telemetry Network of [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Company News, Technical Posts, Threat Blogs|0 Comments

Mobile Fraud Gone in a (Device) Flash

Device fingerprinting, i.e., collecting information from a device for the purposes of identification, is one of the main techniques used by online services for mobile fraud detection. The goal is to recognize “bad” devices used by fraudsters, such that they can be identified even when other attributes (such as user [...]

By | July 5th, 2016|Threat Blogs|0 Comments

Are You Paying for Fake App Installs? What You Can Do About Install Fraud

A version of this post also appeared on Mobile Advertising Watch. The mobile app landscape is extremely competitive. With more than three million apps available today in the major app stores, a new app has slim chances of standing out and making it to the top of the charts. Install ad [...]

By | April 6th, 2016|Threat Blogs|0 Comments

Account Takeover Fraud: The Anatomy of an ATO Attack

As we mentioned in our recent Predictions for 2016, it’s likely that account takeover fraud (ATO fraud) will skyrocket this year as result of the many data breaches we witnessed in 2015. Cybercriminals put the work into stealing your data, now it’s time to put that data to work for them. [...]

By | February 24th, 2016|Threat Blogs|0 Comments

Virtual Goods, Real Fraud | Virtual Currency Fraud, Currency Arbitrage

The recent announcement from Activision Blizzard to acquire King Digital Entertainment, maker of the hit game Candy Crush, for a staggering $5.9 billion certainly turned some heads. Is there really that much money in the mobile gaming industry? In a word, yes, but it’s not just the game makers who [...]

By | January 21st, 2016|Threat Blogs|0 Comments

Cyber Attackers Turn Location-Based Services Against You with Spam Account Profiles

  Image source: Facebook Social spam is not new. We've all experienced our share of unsolicited comments, stranger friend requests, phishing links, fake reviews, and click-baiting. But as online services introduce new features to make connecting and sharing content easier than ever, social spam is rapidly taking on [...]

By | December 1st, 2015|Threat Blogs|0 Comments

Top 5 Predictions for Online Fraud in 2016

As 2015 comes to a close, all of us fighting online fraud may start preparing for the upcoming fraud battle in 2016. As mobile apps and web services continue to increase in number and functionality, they remain an attractive target for fraudsters. Meanwhile, cyber attackers have continued to adapt to [...]

By | November 23rd, 2015|Threat Blogs|0 Comments

The Changing Tide of Financial Fraud

On October 1, the financial payments world was abuzz with talk about how the increased adoption of the new EMV standard for credit card purchases was going to bring about dramatic changes to financial fraud. Likely we will see a reduction in the amount of "brick and mortar" financial fraud transactions. [...]

By | November 17th, 2015|Threat Blogs|0 Comments

How To Register Millions of Fake Accounts With Ease

Fake accounts are a bigger problem than ever. With so many new security, why are they still so prevalent? Recent studies show that approximately 10 percent of accounts on social media sites are fake [1,2]. Other reports are more drastic: Instagram’s crackdown on spam fake accounts in December of last year [...]

By | September 29th, 2015|Threat Blogs|0 Comments

The Underground Market for User Accounts | Fake Accounts, Account Fraud

User accounts are extremely valuable - real accounts far more so than fake accounts. This is not only true for Internet properties, which are valued by the size and growth of their user base, but also for professional online criminals exploiting these platforms for a profit. The prevalence of these [...]

By | September 15th, 2015|Threat Blogs|0 Comments

The Hidden Enemy Threatening Your Online User Growth | Fake Reviews, Fraud, Transactions

We are entering an era of billions of users and trillions of online accounts. This is attracting a growing wave of attacks like fake reviews targeting online services of all sizes. The Internet user population is now 3 billion strong [1]. There are now over 3 million mobile apps and [...]

By | August 31st, 2015|Threat Blogs|0 Comments