BuzzFeed新闻:'安装在数百万部Android手机上的应用程序跟踪用户行为以执行数百万美元的广告欺诈计划'

Craig Silverman,报道BuzzFeed新闻:

One way the fraudsters find apps for their scheme is to acquire legitimate apps through We Purchase Apps and transfer them to shell companiesThey then capture the behavior of the app’s human users and program a vast network of bots to mimic it, according to analysis from Protected Media, a cybersecurity and fraud detection firm that analyzed the apps and websites at BuzzFeed News’ request.

This means a significant portion of the millions of Android phone owners who downloaded these apps were secretly tracked as they scrolled and clicked inside the applicationBy copying actual user behavior in the apps, the fraudsters were able to generate fake traffic that bypassed major fraud detection systems[...]

In total, the apps identified by BuzzFeed News have been installed on Android phones more than 115 million times, according to data from analytics service AppBrainMost are games, but others include a flashlight app, a selfie app, and a healthy eating app. One app connected to the scheme, EverythingMe, has been installed more than 20 million times.

这些罪犯掠夺了数千万美元,其中包括数亿美元数百万来自Google自己的广告网络

底线:如果用于广告收费的指标可以伪造,那么它将是伪造的广告跟踪既是对隐私的侵犯公开邀请欺诈。

2018年10月24日星期三