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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

First, via Only Once

A global network of 34,000 "zombie" computers infected with a Trojan Horse virus is being used to commit click fraud against pay-per-click (PPC) advertisers, according to software security research firm PandaLabs.

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The firm reported Friday that, according to data it has observed, the computers are infected with the Clickbot.A bot and controlled remotely through several Web servers. This allows the fraudsters to define the Web pages on which the ads are hosted and set the maximum number of clicks from a single IP address, in order to elude detection software. The system can also evade fraud detection by sending click requests from different unrelated IP addresses.


Second, via the baltimore sun (and others)

The Web site www.flashgames.com has no staff, spends no money on marketing and despite its name, offers no games. All it offers is a list of links to other game sites.

Yet, it earns revenue of more than $150,000 a year selling online ads.


(Have you been to flashgames.com? If not, you have to see it to believe it).

ummm...I hate to rain on everyone's parade, but am I the only one who sees the connection?

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