WARNING: An adblockers bypass crypted ads tool are created!

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WARNING: An adblockers bypass crypted ads tool are created!

Postby Anti anti adblockers » Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:39 am

Hello there,

France, a country already known to be the second biggest spammer in the world (survey Sophos - spam-​​relaying "dirty dozen" Countries by volume - Q2 April-May-June 2014), is poised to effectively overcome by force adblockers by encrypting the commercials. :evil: :evil: :evil:

Indeed, the designers of a site of French blogs (Overblog) is now at the head of a marketing company called Secret Media (http://www.secretmedia.com/) developed a tool that will market first French market, this tool will bypass forcibly adblockers advertising we display despite adblockers enabled, their goal is to encrypt these ads to make them undetectable for adblockers.

I wanted to warn you of this danger in preparation. :!: :!: :!:

Here is the article in French: http://www.arretsurimages.net/breves/20 ... ck-id17898 then this one (PDF in French):
http://files.satellifax.com/Satellinet/ ... 0Promo.pdf
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Re: WARNING: An adblockers bypass crypted ads tool are created!

Postby MediaMan » Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:44 am

do you have a real world site that uses this?
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Re: WARNING: An adblockers bypass crypted ads tool are created!

Postby VincentB85 » Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:09 pm

Yes, some blogs on overblog display a banner with Adblock enabled.
Example: http://clic45110.over-blog.com

More details (in french): http://iv-oam.blogspot.fr/2014/07/publicitees-inattendues-sur-overblog.html
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Re: WARNING: An adblockers bypass crypted ads tool are created!

Postby gh » Sat Nov 08, 2014 8:25 pm

VincentB85 wrote:Yes, some blogs on overblog display a banner with Adblock enabled.
Example: http://clic45110.over-blog.com

Gone:

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Re: WARNING: An adblockers bypass crypted ads tool are created!

Postby VincentB85 » Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:06 pm

Ok, but I think SecretMedia is still in the testing phase,
because according to Iv-Oam's blog url should be changed regularly :
This may prevent blocking by URL...

Another example with the same ads: http://www.blag-apart.com/
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Re: WARNING: An adblockers bypass crypted ads tool are created!

Postby gh » Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:04 pm

VincentB85 wrote:Ok, but I think SecretMedia is still in the testing phase,
because according to Iv-Oam's blog url should be changed regularly :
This may prevent blocking by URL...

Another example with the same ads: http://www.blag-apart.com/


Ok, I was a bit speedy in my conclusions. I looked more closely.

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Does block the ad visual, however there is still a sort of widget which still lingers behind (at first I didn't see it, so I wonder if it is a random thing).

I could get rid of this lingering widget though by preventing execution of inline-script tags. Probably something ABP should consider supporting as a solution against this more aggressive way of forcing ads onto a site. There could be side-effects I suppose from blocking inline-script tags, but for this one case as far as I can tell the site still work, and ads + lingering widgets were gone.
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Re: WARNING: An adblockers bypass crypted ads tool are created!

Postby VincentB85 » Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:34 am

Thank you, we'll see if Secret Media is able to "Solve adblocker issue" (like they say on their website) :twisted:
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Re: WARNING: An adblockers bypass crypted ads tool are created!

Postby lewisje » Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:47 pm

Mouse, meet cat.

EDIT: I was contacted by two journalists today (8 July 2015) asking whether Secret Media really did try to implement an innovative anti-Adblock mechanism (my best guess is they picked me because I'm the only registered user who posted in this thread), and I can say that "View Source" on both of the linked blogs in this thread says they did, but on my own setup I was not able to actually trigger the anti-Adblock banners, and my best guess is that it's because I browsed from the USA, not France.

EDIT 2: I believe this is the story they were working on; they didn't quote me but I hope my pointers were of use, and it looks like this post inspired their story title: http://www.wsj.com/articles/ad-blockers ... 1437046675
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