Business Insider: Google’s been running a secret test to detect bogus ads — and its findings should make the industry nervous

Business Insider: Google’s been running a secret test to detect bogus ads — and its findings should make the industry nervous. “To get a sense of the scope of this problem, Google has been quietly conducting tests with a handful of major media properties, including NBCU, CBS, and The New York Times, people familiar with the matter told Business Insider. During these tests, Google and the partners shut off all of their programmatic ad inventory for brief periods, say, 10 to 15 minutes, and then scour the ad exchanges to see what’s listed. Google and its partners found thousands if not millions of video and display ad spots still available on multiple ad exchanges, despite no ads actually being for sale at that time, the people said, asking not to be identified because the results haven’t been publicly released.”

The Guardian: The Medicare machine: patient details of ‘any Australian’ for sale on darknet

The Guardian: The Medicare machine: patient details of ‘any Australian’ for sale on darknet. “A darknet trader is illegally selling the Medicare patient details of any Australian on request by ‘exploiting a vulnerability’ in a government system, raising concerns that a health agency may be seriously compromised.”

Politico: Pro-Trump Twitter operatives market paid tweets

Politico: Pro-Trump Twitter operatives market paid tweets. “From the moment he declared his candidacy, President Donald Trump commanded legions of online followers. Now, having helped him win the White House, factions of self-made social media operatives are redirecting their skills and infrastructure to promote other candidates nationwide.”

Politico: Trump voter-fraud panel’s data request a gold mine for hackers, experts warn

Politico: Trump voter-fraud panel’s data request a gold mine for hackers, experts warn. “Cybersecurity specialists are warning that President Donald Trump’s voter-fraud commission may unintentionally expose voter data to even more hacking and digital manipulation.”

The Pie: Database to combat academic fraud in Aus, NZ

The Pie: Database to combat academic fraud in Aus, NZ. “Launched as Australia’s response to the Groningen Declaration Network, a worldwide initiative to tackle fraud in academic qualifications and enhance student mobility, My eQuals entails universities certifying the accuracy of qualifications records before releasing them into a database of verified qualifications. Students at participating institutions can then access and share their records at any time.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: Desperate for help, heroin addicts get ‘hijacked’ to Florida

Philadelphia Inquirer: Desperate for help, heroin addicts get ‘hijacked’ to Florida. “Targeting vulnerable drug addicts and their families, deceptive marketers have been ‘hijacking’ the phone numbers of drug treatment centers in the Philadelphia area and elsewhere, then rerouting them to Florida treatment centers. The ploy takes advantage of a Google feature that allows people to edit a business’ phone number on the search engine.”