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Report from ANA and White Ops Shows War on Ad Fraud is Succeeding

May 1, 2019

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2019--Economic losses due to bot fraud are expected to total $5.8 billion globally this year, but for the first time ever more fraud will be stopped in 2019 than will succeed, according to the fourth Bot Baseline report from White Ops and the ANA (Association of National Advertisers).

The monetary losses, while significant, are an improvement over the $6.5 billion reported in the previous study released in 2017. The 11 percent decline in two years is particularly noteworthy considering that digital ad spending increased by 25.4 percent between 2017 and 2019.

“We are coming off a year of unprecedented industry collaboration that has proved to be a powerful tool for tackling ad fraud at a global scale,” said Tamer Hassan, CEO and Co-founder at White Ops. “But it is important to remember that fraud will always follow the money. As spending moves into new ad frontiers like CTV, it is increasingly important for marketers to stay vigilant and to recognize that fraud is a cybersecurity problem, not merely a measurement challenge and cannot be handled as such.”

The study revealed that while fraud attempts amount to 20-35 percent of all ad impressions throughout the year, the amount of fraud that gets through and gets paid for is now much smaller. For the first time, the majority of those fraudulent impressions are now getting invalidated by demand-side platforms (DSPs) or supply-side platforms (SSPs), filtered as SIVT before being paid for, or invalidated later via claw backs (the recovery of ad spend after a campaign has run). Absent of these measures, fraud losses would have grown to an estimated $14 billion annually, the report said.

When broken down by category, the report showed that eight percent of display advertising impressions are fraudulent (down from nine percent in 2017) while 14 percent of video ads are fake (down from 22 percent).

Key findings in the 2019 Bot Baseline Report were presented today at the ANA’s annual Advertising Financial Management Conference.

“The decrease in ad fraud suggests that the war on fraud is winnable,” said ANA CEO Bob Liodice. “Less fraud means more resources can be devoted to brand and business building.”

Key findings, and factors that contributed to decline in ad fraud include:


The study recommended that marketers take the following steps to help reduce ad fraud:


Fifty ANA member companies participated in this year’s study. White Ops worked with brand advertisers and their agencies to analyze digital advertising activity data between August 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018.


The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) makes a difference for individuals, brands, and the industry by driving growth, advancing the interests of marketers, and promoting and protecting the well-being of the marketing community. Founded in 1910, the ANA provides leadership that advances marketing excellence and shapes the future of the industry. The ANA’s membership includes more than 1,850 companies and organizations with 20,000 brands that engage almost 100,000 industry professionals and collectively spend or support more than $400 billion in marketing and advertising annually. The membership is comprised of more than 1,100 client-side marketers and more than 750 marketing solutions provider members, which include leading marketing data science and technology suppliers, ad agencies, law firms, consultants, and vendors. Further enriching the ecosystem is the work of the nonprofit ANA Educational Foundation (AEF), which has the mission of enhancing the understanding of advertising and marketing within the academic and marketing communities.


White Ops is a cybersecurity company that protects the Internet from malicious bot activity. Globally, software-as-a-service from White Ops determines the validity of nearly 100 billion transactions per day on behalf of over 200 customers. Our proactive adaptation, Internet-scale, and multi-layered methodology have made us the platform of choice for some of the largest and most forward-thinking platforms and brands. For more information, visit  www.whiteops.com.

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