Must Read The Ad Tech Rumor Mill Churns News Of A Chrome Ad-Block Addition After Moat Deal, New York City Ad Tech Pats Itself On The Back AdRoll Exceeds $300M Revenue Run Rate, Names Adap.TV Vet Toby Gabriner President After Moat, Does Nielsen Need To Buy Integral Ad Science? Oracle To Acquire Digital Measurement Firm Moat Omnicom Q1 2017: Accuen Flat As Clients Move To Disclosed Programmatic Buys Where The Walled Gardens Are – So Far – As They Open Up To Third-Party Measurement Want To Sell Your DMP? Brand Recognition And Audience Analytics Play Big Role As Devs Flock To F8, Facebook Still Rules The App Install Roost » Google Acqui-hires Spider.io, And Founder Douglas De Jager by John Ebbert // Friday, February 21st, 2014 – 7:24 am Share: Positioning its latest purchase as another effort to clean up the fringes of the display ad ecosystem, Google's Neal Mohan announced today the acquisition of spider.io and its seven employees, led by founder Douglas de Jager. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a post on the DoubleClick Advertiser blog, Mohan wrote: "Today we’re announcing our latest investment: we’ve completed an acquisition of spider.io, a company that has spent the past 3 years building a world-class ad fraud fighting operation. Our immediate priority is to include their fraud detection technology in our video and display ads products, where they will complement our existing efforts. Over the long term, our goal is to improve the metrics that advertisers and publishers use to determine the value of digital media and give all parties a clearer, cleaner picture of what campaigns and media are truly delivering strong results. Also, by including spider.io’s fraud fighting expertise in our products, we can scale our efforts to weed out bad actors and improve the entire digital ecosystem." Spider.io made a splash in March 2013 with what it said was the discovery of the Chameleon botnet: "Spider.io has observed 120,000 host machines on what it has dubbed the 'Chameleon' botnet. It says these machines are driving traffic to a cluster of at least 202 websites, resulting in a minimum of 9 billion monthly ad impressions served." Google already boasts one of the strongest anti-fraud reputations in the industry, aided by both manual and automated review processes designed to identify influxes nonhuman traffic and prevent ads from being served against it. The company employs hundreds of staffers to help enforce its traffic and site quality policies. To these efforts, de Jager and his team will add knowledge of nonhuman traffic schemes and how they are perpetrated through networks and marketplaces such as AdSense and DoubleClick Ad Exchange. De Jager's philosophical approach to identifying fraud is that bot hunters must change as fast as the fraudsters do, creating disincentives for the bad guys to keep at it. As de Jager wrote in an April 2013 piece for AdExchanger titled "Display Advertising Fraud is a Sell-Side Problem": "If fraud is to be tackled across display advertising, then the dynamic nature of the problem needs not just to be accepted. It needs to be embraced. Ultimately the efforts of fraudsters will only be prevented if the measures to identify and prevent fraud keep changing quickly enough that it becomes financially unviable for fraudsters to keep trying to game the system." In that same piece, de Jager described how his future employer pioneered fraud prevention in its PPC search ads marketplace, noting display advertising shenanigans pose greater challenges. In pay-per-click advertising, he wrote, "If the clicker does not stay for a long time on the destination page and instead bounces, then the recipient of the click may never be in a position to determine whether the click was fraudulent. This information asymmetry is even more pronounced across display advertising, not least because display ad impressions seldom result in an analyzable click trace. In May of 2013, de Jager wrote "A Botnet Primer for Display Advertisers." Popular On AdExchanger Right Now: Oracle May Have Paid $850 Million For Moat; USA Today Exposes Facebook's Bot Problem 382 views Podcast: Oracle-Moat Deal Is A Walled Garden Power Play 236 views Google Leans On Machine Learning And Scale For Smarter Display Ads 194 views After Moat Deal, New York City Ad Tech Pats Itself On The Back 184 views The Tactical Implications Of The Walled Gardens 156 views 1 Comment Edward Boettcher February 24, 2014 A excellent acquisition, can't believe another company didn't do this sooner. While the article plays up the botnet angle, what they didn't mention is spider.io 's viewability technology. This on the heals of Google's recent foray into "guaranteed" viewability. Reply Add a comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Comment XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.