International Biz Times sites used code to commit ad fraud
Three International Business Times websites have been running malicious code that experts say is used to commit ad fraud, reports Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed.
Silverman reports, “Newsweek Media Group issued a press release Tuesday afternoon that said the company ‘has been alerted to a piece of potential code that disrupted ad tracking and ad viewability. This piece of code affected IBTimes.sg, IBTimes.co.in and IBTimes.co.uk.’
“NMG said it is conducting an internal investigation ‘to identify the individuals responsible and will take the necessary action.’
“The admission comes after a BuzzFeed News report last month revealed that investigations by multiple ad technology firms found that several of the publisher’s sites were buying traffic and engaging in ad fraud. At the time the company denied any fraudulent activity.
“A source told BuzzFeed News that the sudden admission by NMG may be connected to ongoing reporting by the Wall Street Journal. A recent Journal story revealed new details about an investigation into NMG by the Manhattan District Attorney, including that the DA is now looking into reports of ad fraud.”
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