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Future Internet 2017, 9(4), 88; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi9040088

Behavioural Verification: Preventing Report Fraud in Decentralized Advert Distribution Systems

School of Computer Science and Informatics, Cardiff University, 5 The Parade, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3AA, UK
Current address: School of Computer Science and Informatics, Cardiff University, 5 The Parade, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3AA, UK.
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Received: 18 September 2017 / Revised: 31 October 2017 / Accepted: 16 November 2017 / Published: 20 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks)
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Service commissions, which are claimed by Ad-Networks and Publishers, are susceptible to forgery as non-human operators are able to artificially create fictitious traffic on digital platforms for the purpose of committing financial fraud. This places a significant strain on Advertisers who have no effective means of differentiating fabricated Ad-Reports from those which correspond to real consumer activity. To address this problem, we contribute an advert reporting system which utilizes opportunistic networking and a blockchain-inspired construction in order to identify authentic Ad-Reports by determining whether they were composed by honest or dishonest users. What constitutes a user’s honesty for our system is the manner in which they access adverts on their mobile device. Dishonest users submit multiple reports over a short period of time while honest users behave as consumers who view adverts at a balanced pace while engaging in typical social activities such as purchasing goods online, moving through space and interacting with other users. We argue that it is hard for dishonest users to fake honest behaviour and we exploit the behavioural patterns of users in order to classify Ad-Reports as real or fabricated. By determining the honesty of the user who submitted a particular report, our system offers a more secure reward-claiming model which protects against fraud while still preserving the user’s anonymity. View Full-Text
Keywords: advertising; click report; fraud prevention; mobile networks; privacy-preserving advertising advertising; click report; fraud prevention; mobile networks; privacy-preserving advertising
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Mamais, S.S.; Theodorakopoulos, G. Behavioural Verification: Preventing Report Fraud in Decentralized Advert Distribution Systems. Future Internet 2017, 9, 88.

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