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Clickfraud and Internet Crime Primers

Links to papers published described internet fraud Schemes

11:02 pm on Mar 9, 2014 (gmt 0)

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The computer science division of the University of California at Berkeley (UC-Berkeley) has studied Internet crime and published several papers describing how it is done and how they derive profits from it. Of particular interest is the Bibliography of some of these papers which give us links to other studies and reports with descriptions of how we are targeted by criminal gangs.

As publishers involved in the Adsense program these papers can be enlightening.

The first one that I encountered was a description of two modern click-fraud schemes which take advantage of the ease of penetration of PCs and the conversion of the PCs into botnets under the supervision of Command and Control servers to find specific ads, click on them, and produce profits for their controllers. [icsi.berkeley.edu...]

I found the next link in the Bibliography of the Berkeley study (which contains numerous gems) This link is to a Canadian report on how a modern international criminal enterprise uses its access to the Internet to capture millions of dollars in profits. [infowar-monitor.net...]

The first link is directly related to problems publishers are having right now. The second link describes how easy the process can be and how seldom Internet crime is punished.

Well worth reading! There is a lot of this stuff out there.
11:22 pm on Mar 9, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I have a problem with your second link. Firefox reports:
Server not found

Might only be temporary
12:14 am on Mar 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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add ":" after "http"
12:49 am on Mar 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Won't let me edit it. Here is what should be a working link to the second URL: [infowar-monitor.net...]

My apologies...
12:52 am on Mar 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Check out the citations at the end of the first link (about click-fraud). I haven't read them all yet but they look kinda interesting.
5:24 am on Mar 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I noticed that the second link (koobface) kept referring to "victimless" crimes. That seems to me to be somewhat naive. If the perpetrators gained $2 million then that money came out of someone's pocket. Namely the entitites (companies, corporations and people) paying for the ads. To consider them as not victims defies credibility.
11:14 pm on Mar 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Again dealing with Amazon from around ten years ago, we had a switched on fellow - with the skills - who detected that a certain toolbar people downloaded, had an inbuilt Trojan.

Whenever the user clicked on a link to Amazon, the Trojan substituted the site's affiliate code.

From memory, it then took him over six months to convince Amazon what was going on before they acted.

The list of scams is endless and it leads to click fraud one way or another.