Spike in Ad Fraud Targeting Political Content on Election Day
Company hires veteran cyber crime investigator to help crack the next big segment to be hit by online fraud and theft
DEVCON, a cybersecurity software company dedicated to defeating ad fraud and preserving independent journalism, today announced that one of the nation’s foremost authorities on cyber crime, Michael F.D. Anaya, has joined its team as the Head of Global Cyber Investigations and Government Relations. Anaya comes to DEVCON as a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Cyber division. His hire coincides with DEVCON’s recent close of seed funding to aggressively fight online ad fraud.
“We are delighted that Michael decided to join our team,” said Maggie Louie, DEVCON co-founder and CEO. “After working together on a case involving more than 30 fake ad networks distributing millions of attacks collectively, we recognized the unique skillset and insights Michael offers. He is the perfect fit as we seek to stop one of the world’s fastest growing and most costly cyber crimes -- one that has a profound impact on advertisers, media companies, and consumers alike.”
Anaya previously served as a Special Agent in the FBI’s Los Angeles field office addressing complex Cyber matters for eight years, during which time he led numerous, expansive investigations including one that resulted in the first federal conviction of a U.S. person for the use of a peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet. He then was named a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) for the Leadership Development Program, trusted with bringing together disparate divisions of the FBI, focused on a workforce development initiative. This resulted in a more balanced and inclusive program. After implementation of the program, SSA Anaya went on to lead a Cyber squad in the FBI’s Atlanta field office. There, he led a diverse group of Agents, Intel Analysts, and Computer Scientists in neutralizing Nation State and Criminal threat. He secured one of the highest performance standards given by the FBI to a program for the entire FBI Atlanta Cyber program. SSA Anaya also helped the program achieve a top-five ranking in statistical accomplishments amongst the 56 FBI field offices. READ MORE