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MODERN DEFENSE STRATEGY

DISRUPTING FRAUD AND ABUSE STARTS HERE

Modern defense strategy hits fraudsters where it hurts: the wallet.

Defense Against
Tomorrow’s Threats

Modern defense disrupts the economics of cybercrime by safeguarding enterprises and organizations from bot attacks, fraud, and account abuse. This unique approach increases ROI and trust while decreasing customer friction, data contamination, and cybersecurity exposure. 

How Modern Defense Works

This strategy rests on three pillars: visibility, network effect, and disruptions & takedowns. We see threats across the internet, connect the dots between them, then stop fraud operations.

Modern Defense in Action

The Satori team is a group of HUMAN threat hunters, reverse engineers, and data scientists who uncover fraud operations and stop them in their tracks. They use our scale and network to protect enterprises, brands, advertisers, and more from threats big and small.

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Methbot

Methbot was one of the first instances of large-scale ad fraud we witnessed. This botnet consisted of bots watching millions of video ads a day. We ultimately took down the operation and the operators were sentenced to jail time. 

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300 Million Videos
At its zenith, the Methbot operation was “watching” 300 million video ads a day. And as video advertising carries a significantly higher cost than traditional banner or social ads, this adds up fast.
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6,000 Publishers
More than 6,000 premium publishers were spoofed in this operation.
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10 Years in Prison
The ringleader of the Methbot scheme was sentenced to 10 years in prison and restitution fines of more than $3.5 million.

3ve

3ve quickly eclipsed Methbot in scale by infecting millions of devices conducting ad fraud. This botnet was taken down when we brought together industry leaders like Google and law enforcement.

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1.7 Million Infected Machines
The 3ve botnet operated off a minimum of 1.7 million infected machines at a time, creating a large-scale bot army on unknowing consumer devices.
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12 Billion Fraudulent Ad Requests
The botnet generated 3 to 12 billion fraudulent ad requests a day
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20 Industry Leaders
HUMAN and Google brought together more than 20 companies across ad tech, security, and internet infrastructure to take down the threat.
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Scylla

Scylla was a highly sophisticated ad fraud operation that specifically targeted mobile apps. Those infected apps were downloaded millions of times. We were able to disrupt this wave, but we’re still monitoring the operation.

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89 Apps
Scylla targeted  advertising software development kits of 89 apps across the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
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13 Million Downloads
The apps part of the fraud scheme were downloaded collectively 13 million times.
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3 Attack Waves
Scylla is the third attack wave from these ad fraud operators.  It started in 2019 with Poseidon and 2020 with Charybdis.

Vastflux

The VASTFLUX operators wove multiple types of ad fraud together - such as malvertising - to create a worldwide botnet. We were able to facilitate an unprecedented private takedown with our customers and The Human Collective.

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12 Billion Fraudulent Bid Requests
The largest operation we’ve encountered, VASTFLUX at its peak produced 12 billion fraudulent bid requests a day.
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1,700 Spoofed Apps
The operation spoofed 1,700 apps and 120 publishers 
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11 Million Devices
By using malvertising, the VASTFLUX operation was on 11 million devices until we shut them down. 
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Combat Your Risks
with One Platform

Modern defense strategy informs all of the decisions that the Human Defense Platform makes, thus protecting your entire organization from digital attacks across ad, web, mobile, and API surfaces.

See how modern defense strategy catches the fraud you didn’t know was there.

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