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New Form of Adsense Spam Attack?

Adsense Top Sites Being Exploited?

8:10 am on Nov 12, 2016 (gmt 0)

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For the last few days my Adsense Top Sites is being exploited.

Below is a link to an image of what is happening and a small sample of my problem.


At least 200 sites. NONE of these sites are sending me traffic in Analyitcs or coming up in my server logs or coming up on any of my other ad networks.

This only happening with Adsense and I have at least 200 sites, some of them being well established sites and some not even operational - but all of them are using the "box" name in front of the domain.

It's almost like some new form of attack or spam to screw up page view numbers.

Only verified sites can use our tags.

However, this is screwing up our page view numbers, our RPM, and other Adsense stats. I have no idea what my "real" stats are anymore because someone is screwing around.

I spoke to some of the site owners of a few domains listed in Top Sites, and 99% of them don't even use Adsense - like Box Office Mojo, a major movies news site owned by IMDB that only deals in direct buys.

I posted my problem on the Adsense help forum, and sure enough I was contacted by other site owners who are being page view bombed in the same manner - with large numbers of domains being listed on Top Sites, with the same word starting off the domain name. This has been going on for a week now.

I contacted Adsense about the problem, others have too. It's been days and nobody has reached out to me (or the other site owners) from Adsense.

The only silver lining is there is no click bombs going on. Clicks are within normal range, only some annoying page view bomb.
3:49 pm on Dec 12, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I am not sure if this is the same issue as the members above are having, but I think that it is. In Adsense, I am seeing a couple of sites listed that are not mine. They are receiving page views, page impressions, and there are also some ad clicks. The sites started appearing in Adsense at different times, but I think that the one which appeared first did so about 5 or 6 months ago. Is there anything that can be done about this?

As other members have stated above, this affects your page views and other numbers as well so it's a little hard to determine your actual web traffic.
10:17 am on Dec 25, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I think issue is pretty much solved. I haven't see any sites blowing my views in weeks.

But as always with Adsense, when one problem vanishes another problem appears.

My views/RPM is being affected by crap load of "fantasy" traffic from Vietnam. Appears that it started around the time the above issue ended.

The Vietnam traffic is NOT really hitting my servers because I blocked Vietnam traffic and my analytics/server stats are not seeing this crazy amount of Vietnam traffic (barely any traffic from Vietnam is recorded on analytics or servers).

From what I can tell, and the reason I call it fantasy traffic, is someone is pinging the Adsense ad server directly with our publisher ID and using Vietnam as the country callback.

Adsense recognizes the Vietnam traffic is not real and/or actually hitting my site, because the RPM across the board for the country is "0.00."

I just don't understand what the point of these hacks are, other than to toy around with publishers.
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