Date: Mar 25, 2019

Android is home to a deluge of applications that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

Many developers use advert networks in order to make money from their software.

However, a new report has discussed a scam being harnessed by fraudsters that places hidden video ads behind traditional banner promotions that can drain the battery life and internet data of Android devices.

Although the ads cannot be seen nor are actually viewed by the user they are registered as if they have, netting the malicious actor or actors in question money.

BuzzFeed News insisted in particular many apps harnessing Twitter’s MoPub ad platform have been plagued by the scheme.

The outlet said fraud detection company Protected Media discovered the scam occurring through MoPub and helped the outlet, along with an “outside fraud lab”, identify Israeli firm Aniview as being implicated in the matter.

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