This clever scam lets advertisers make money by draining your Android phone

Remember when we knew that it was theoretically possible for a web page, or an application, to steal its processor cycles to undermine the cryptocurrency, potentially depleting its battery and cellular data in the process? BuzzFeed reports that ad networks have discovered a similar scam: one that allows lucrative and hungry video ads to hide behind traditional banner ads in Android applications, so users do not even They know they are there. 19659002] According to BuzzFeed, is not the fault of the application developers, they were surprised to find a lot of complaints about why their applications are running out of users' batteries and devouring more than their share fair of data. Instead, the report suggests that the advertising networks with which they had registered had been hijacked by scammers in the largest advertising business. ( BuzzFeed tracked the ads to a company called OutStream Media, a subsidiary of Aniview; Aniview says he runs a self-service platform and it's not his fault, but BuzzFeed paints a picture of Aniview as a seemingly incomplete organization.)

Scamming is not only at the expense of consumers, but also of advertising networks, as scammers buy cheap banner ads and fill them with expensive video ads, taking advantage of the process.

Apparently, the technique already has a name: they are known by the term "banner video ads", and the advertising fraud companies that spoke with BuzzFeed say they see "tens of millions of $ value of these malicious ads every month.

You can read the full investigation of BuzzFeed here.

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