at&t’, a cybersecurity firm that launched in 2018 with the aim of combating malicious ads, has entered into an agreement with Xandr – AT&T’s advertising marketplace and analytics company – to help prevent ad fraud.

Through the partnership, Xandr will adopt’s technology to reduce malicious advertising – or “malvertising” – for publishers, end-users and advertisers.

“By combining our proprietary tools and processes with those of, Xandr is well-positioned to lead a change in the economic incentives associated with malvertising and, as a result, preserve and protect the consumer experience,” said Steve Truxal, VP of product management at Xandr.

Why we should care

The prevention of ad fraud (and malvertising, by extension) has risen up as a top priority for adtech players, given the growth of programmatic advertising.

As more platforms take measures to protect against bad actors, advertisers are gaining access to a wider array of solutions focused on ad safety, enabling more reliable and effective advertising efforts.

More on the news

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  • The platform relies on behavioral analysis to root out bad ads rather than industry and internal blocklists.
  •’s technology is now used on more than 13,000 sites, apps and platforms to analyze ads in real-time to stop redirects, the company said.

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