A collection of cybersecurity companies, Google, and the Feds are sharing details on how they uncovered and dismantled a massive ad-fraud operation known as “3ve” (pronounced “Eve”.)
Google says that at its peak, the 3ve scam employed nearly two million hijacked devices to generate fake clicks on adverts, and made its operators heavy payouts from duped advertising networks. The idea was that 3ve’s operators would create massive networks of fake websites that would take bids from ad networks and then send the infected machines to the sites in order to collect ad revenues.
By Shaun Nichols
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