“Kanchayudha” game had caught our attention since several months. It is claimed as the biggest ever computer game made in Sri Lanka. So, we tried to do an interview with the team. Finally, we could do a quick interview despite their busy schedules.
A group of Russian criminals called “Ad Fraud Komanda” or “AFK13” were caught earning money between $3 million to $5 million each day. They earn money by doing faking clicks on video ads on the advertising market. It is revealed by White Ops which is a security firm that provides online fraud detection solutions. This criminal is the biggest digital ad fraud ever.
First they created 250,127 distinct URLs and more than 6000 domains that appeared to belong to real reputed publishers. They misled the algorithms that decide where the most profitable ads would direct into buying their fraudulent web space. These algorithms typically make bids for ad spaces which are most suitable for advertisement’s intended audience. Hence their fraudulent web space was purchased by many reputed brands.
Then they invested heavily in a bot farm that consisted more than 570,000 bots. Next they triggered faked traffic on the ads using those bots, thereby driving a huge amount of revenue thanks to the pay-per-click scheme they’d exploited. Those bots have watched more than 300 million video ads a day, with an average payout of $13.04 per thousand fake views. This bot army was also programmed in order to imitate the actions of real people, such as faked clicks with mouse movements and social network login information. White Ops called this crime as Methbot campaign.
White Ops provided an example of how they faked a domain
They used thousands of IP addresses to make those bots appear more real, so they can bypass typical anti-fraud detection measures. Theses IP addresses were associated with major U.S Internet Service Providers, so it seemed they were based in America itself. Those IP addresses were fraudulently obtained from at least two of the world’s five regional Internet registries.
Those who were spending on the automated systems were losing a significant amount of money, not only because of the Methbot but also due to other similar campaigns. Those funds might never be retrieved. The White Ops company wrote in its white paper. “At this point the Methbot operation has become so embedded in the layers of the advertising ecosystem, the only way to shut it down is to make the details public to help affected parties take action.”
NASA utilized satellite measurements of carbon dioxide to make a startling new 3D video that shows how the greenhouse gas travels through Earth’s atmosphere.
The information was originated from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite, which was sent in 2014 in order to measure atmospheric CO2 at the regional level. The conclusions gathered over one year (from September 2014 to September 2015) were then fused with a high-resolution weather model to provide an unprecedented 3D view.
Colombo Vaadin Meetup was successfully held on last October 13th at the Foundation Institute premises. This was the first ever Vaadin Meetup organized in Sri Lanka, and this was sponsored and facilitated by MillenniumIT, which now is an emerging key player in the Vaadin arena.
Vaadin is a Java based open-source web-framework for rich applications. When compared with Java Script libraries, Vaadin provides the capability to have server-side architecture based applications. Hence, the majority of the logic is run in the servers while Ajax technology running on the browser ensures a rich and interactive user experience.
Even though Vaadin is an emerging web technology, MillenniumIT had already begun to use and improve it in large scale, for their front end applications. That was the major reason this company needs to improve the awareness about Vaadin within Sri Lankan tech enthusiasts.
What if Facebook gives you a social interaction with VR experience?
Facebook VP Socializing is a new experience which is still under research, however, will be a revolution whenever it becomes a reality. This concept of VR socializing is going to be launched by Facebook in near future
Are you satisfied with the existing messaging apps? Do you need a new messaging app with new features? What if you got a messaging app with an AI? Yes! There is a new messaging app called “Allo”.
Allo is the latest messaging app introduced by Google which has used Google Assistant as its main functionality. In other words Google Assistant which is a Google product that aims to take on Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alex, is used in Allo in order to make the app more effective. But I have to say that this is not completely built with an AI. This is not to replace Google’s other messaging apps such as ‘Hangouts’ or ‘ProjectFi’, and also this is not derived from Google’s Hangout or Messenger. It is built from the scratch. This is just a fresh start for Google’s new communication methodologies.
Ransomware is a kind of malware which prevents you from accessing your system or files. It forces you to pay a ransom via online to get a decrypt key. A ransomware are called a cryptovirus, cryptotrojan or cryptoworm.
Can be Downloaded to the systems when users visit malicious or compromised websites.