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Number of fraudulent apps increased by 159% year-on-year

According to eMarketer, mobile ad spend – estimated at $87 billion in 2019 – will account for more than two-thirds of overall US digital ad spend. Last year, for the first time, mobile ad spend surpassed ad spend on linear TV. This growth was driven by large investments in mobile app advertising, which is expected to reach $201 billion in spend globally by 2021.

As the demand for mobile app advertising grows, fraudsters continue to take advantage of this trend, with no signs of stopping. New data from DoubleVerify, independent provider of marketing measurement software and analytics, found that mobile app sophisticated invalid traffic (SIVT) impressions have doubled year-on-year since 2017.

The total number of fraudulent apps has increased by 159 per cent from 2017 to 2018 and 57 per cent of fraudulent mobile apps are categorised as ‘Games’ and ‘Tools & Utilities’.

The data also highlighted that 1.6x more new fraudulent apps were identified in 2018 than in 2017.

“With ad spend increasingly concentrated in mobile – and particularly mobile app, fraudsters are redoubling their efforts to take advantage. It’s critical that brands understand these risks, in order to allocate spend accordingly and install appropriate safeguards for their digital investments,” said Roy Rosenfeld, Head of DoubleVerify’s Fraud Lab.

Shubhi Tandon

Shubhi Tandon is the Assistant Editor at Digital Market Asia. Fascinated by the evolving digital media industry, she has focussed on tracking developments in the Asia Pacific market since 2014.