Unraveling a baroque, snarled, multimillion-dollar porn-ad clickfraud scam

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13 Responses to “Unraveling a baroque, snarled, multimillion-dollar porn-ad clickfraud scam”

  1. tw1515tw says:

    Think you’re wrong about the monetary losers. To quote from the blog:

    Effectively, the only one hurt in this chain are the big brand advertisers, who feed the rest of the advertising chain.

  2. nixiebunny says:

    The term “parasite” is used in the description of the scammer. It’s interesting to see how economic systems eventually take on the characteristics of biological systems. 

    • Jer_00 says:

       Economic systems are biological systems for the most part – like an ant colony or a beehive but on a larger scale.  Emergent behavior from a biological system.

    • EH says:

      Economic systems are comprised of people.

      • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

         No, soylent green is

        • BillGlover says:

          Both economic systems and Soylent Green(tm) are comprised of people.

          wait.. also disco flash mobs.

          Economic systems, Soylent Green and disco flash mobs are comprised of people.

          ..and possibly robots. 

          Careful chewing the tasty Soylent Green Metallic(tm)

          This message has secretly subscribed you to six different, quasi-religious self-help mailing lists while you were reading.

          ..seven.

    • s2redux says:

      Want to see just how interesting it is? Read Metaphors We Live By by Lakoff and Johnson.

  3. Steve says:

    “For the technically curious: reading the address of the top frame is a challenging problem. For security reasons, browsers do not allow cross-domain scripting. So, it is not possible to just call the “top” object and read its properties. We have a proprietary solution for this.”

    In other words, AdSafe is using exploits to violate cross-domain javascript security policies and snoop on the sites you visit. I’m in the process of de-obfuscating their javascript so I can report this to the browser vendors, I’d encourage others (who are less easily distracted than me) to do the same.

  4. tw1515tw says:

    Now we know what step 2 is in 

    Step 1. Create website.
    Step 2. ?
    Step 3. PROFIT!!!

    • digi_owl says:

       I think it has been known for as long as there has been ad banners online…

      What i find really funny is a supposed Swedish kid that raked in around a million SEK a year by basically running a page that linked to free porn sample galleries (this was back before *tube).

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